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HOW TO MINIMIZE THE COST AND AGGRAVATION OF ISRA COMPLIANCE The Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) is arguably the most impactful hazardous waste cleanup law in New Jersey. ISRA has been law since December 31, 1983 when it was first introduced as the Environmental Cleanup......

Commercial and residential realtors are responsible for guiding their clients through the strange, scary, and complex process of buying or selling a property. And clients expect their realtor to advocate for them and protect them from risk. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is often disregarded during......

Many of ESA’s clients know very little about environmental compliance. Often, they are unaware of their environmental situation — or their options. And, just as often, they are aware of the situation but actively choose to ignore it. We get it. Environmental issues can be......

Imagine, if you will, a world where environmental regulations remain constant and cleanup standards never change; where state representatives have a unified voice regarding the direction an environmental cleanup should take; and where once a project is closed, it remains closed. If this sounds like......

What is Historic Fill? For decades, historic fill material was commonly used to raise the topographic elevation of properties around the state of New Jersey — predominantly along the waterfront areas in northeastern and southwestern NJ. The fill material, according to the New Jersey Department......

When a parent sends their child to a child care center (CCC), there is the expectation that the child is safe from environmental harm. CCCs were not on the radar screen of New Jersey’s environmental consultants until the Kiddie Kollege mercury debacle was discovered in......

Since 1989, ESA has performed roughly 100 Due Diligence projects each year that equate to approximately 2,300 such assignments in the last 27 years. Over time, we noticed that the term ‘Due Diligence’ has become a catchall phrase, and what it means in environmental consulting......

Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) are an integral and indispensable part of the site remediation program in New Jersey. As of the date of this publication, there are 641 LSRPs certified by the State of New Jersey. Each LSRP must meet minimum standards and pass......

ESA plays an ancillary role when properties are bought and sold. We do not negotiate real estate deals; we leave that to the experts — real estate attorneys and professional brokers. But we could write volumes on client actions (or inaction) that thwart, impede, or......

Unsuspected by many property owners, asbestos is still found in many older homes and buildings and is still a potential concern for business owners, homeowners, and anyone planning a real estate deal or a building demolition. The presence of asbestos can adversely affect a real......

Mold has become a genuine concern for business owners, homeowners, and anyone planning a real estate deal. The presence of mold can delay or kill a real estate deal. And while most mold is benign, how does the average person know if their mold situation......

On occasion, ESA is asked about environmental issues and topics that are peripheral to what we do on a day-to-day basis. One such topic is fracking. And, for the most part, we read the same articles as you. Many of these articles are written with an......

PCBs are a relatively common contaminant that can create expensive problems. Many people have heard of PCBs but do not know what they are, nor do they understand the relative degree of risk PCBs pose. This month’s article describes PCBs, what they are, how they......

New Jersey’s nickname is “The Garden State,” but today’s shopping malls, multi-lane highways, and swaths of McMansions have nothing to do with gardens. It’s easy to forget that, throughout much of the 20th century, New Jersey was populated with small farms and orchards. Before we......

If you’ve been anywhere near a radio or a teenager this past year, you’ve heard Meghan Trainor sing “I’m all about that bass.” Throughout the song, Ms. Trainor affirms, “No treble.” In our line of work, we say, “It’s all about that baseline. No trouble.”......

When buying or selling a commercial or industrial property, it is probable that you will retain a team of three professionals to represent your best interests: a real estate broker, a real estate attorney, and an environmental consultant. Each team member has a different set......

Environmental consultants agree that the price to remediate contaminated groundwater can be financially ruinous, but there are exceptions. ESA has successfully used a groundwater remediation strategy that saves enormous amounts of time and money… if the conditions are right. In 1990, ESA employed, for the......

Periodically, ESA gets a call from someone who admits that a spill occurred on a property but that nothing was done about it when it actually happened. It’s not unusual; after all, sometimes it’s just easier to ignore a problem than to deal with it......

The cost of environmental services is a serious issue, especially in these harsh economic times. After 35 years in this industry I have yet to meet a client who says, “I polluted this piece of property and I feel terrible about having done so, therefore......

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