An Environmental Desktop Report is a limited due diligence report. This report is a low-cost tool to measure environmental risk, in preliminary form. In fact, it applies mostly to properties with unknown history, and presumably moderate to low environmental risk. Consequently, this basic level of assessment has no regulatory standard, and is typically requested on parcels without obvious contamination sources. For example, a vacant lot in a commercial zone, without a partially known historical land use, may warrant a desktop report to fully determine the past use. Moreover, an environmental desktop report economically evaluates the potential for contamination, with consideration of adjacent properties. Updated February 14, 2019.
Purchasers, brokers, investors and lenders who do NOT require a full Phase I Site Assessment, can choose from any of the Desktop Report Packages listed below. Moreover, they can request a customized Environmental Desktop Report that encompass special requirements.
A Desktop Environmental Report generally applies to properties with a history of low risk activities. For instance, a commercial property strictly used as office space, that is adjacent to a gasoline station. However, for riskier properties and CERCLA liability protection, a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report is more applicable.
1). Government Database & Files Review
This package includes a file review and database review of various government regulatory agencies, basic vicinity & site maps, along an executive summary geared towards environmental risk.
2). Historical Documents & Database Report
This limited report includes a review of fire insurance maps, historical aerial photos, historical topographic maps, city directories, and a review of all government agencies with oversight. A limited report is prepared with basic vicinity & site maps, and an executive summary regarding environmental concerns.
3). Records Search with Risk Assessment
This package specifically meets the environmental policy requirements for limited reports for Small Business Administration lenders.
4). Customized Combination Reports of Any of the Above Packages, as per Client Request
For more information about environmental desktop reports, call (888) 930-6604 to speak with a licensed environmental professional.
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