It is noted that it can be hazardous to go into construction without an envronmental site assessment. This is the result of two landmark pieces of legislation: the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CLERCLA). Contractors should never deal with enviromental situations on their own but rely on competent firms with extensive field experience, its own laboratory, and environmental insurance. The environmental site assessment consists of 2 phases: in phase one, an attempt is made to assess the actual risk of contamination through a historical search. If the phase suggests that the property has toxicity problems, the consultant will recommend going to phase two. The latter involves on-site sampling of suspected contaminants on the surface and through borings and monitoring underground wells. Phase two will identify the type and scope of any pollution discovered and indicate whether it violates regulatory standards. If so, the report will assess potential environmental liability, and provide a preliminary estimate of the costs of remediation.

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    Associated General Contractors of America

    2300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 400
    Arlington, VA  United States  22201
  • Publication Date: 1991-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 28-29
  • Serial:
    • Constructor
    • Volume: 73
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Associated General Contractors of America
    • ISSN: 0162-6191

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00605119
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM