Minimize risk and protect yourself from liability in any commercial real estate transaction where potential environmental risks are a concern.
Key Highlights of Our Environmental Due Diligence Expertise:
Thousands of complex environmental due diligence projects completed, nationwide and abroad.
AAI: All Appropriate Inquiry rule. KERAMIDA gave the first AAI Workshop in the country in 2004, with follow-up AAI workshops given annually.
Unparalleled experience in Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, and compliance audits.
One of the first firms in the nation to perform environmental due diligence in the 1980's, and conduct training for banks and attorneys as early as 1989.
Vapor Intrusion - Starting in the early 1990's, KERAMIDA was one of the first firms in the nation to perform vapor intrusion assessments and mitigation/remediation.
Developed and given hundreds of lectures and training courses on environmental due diligence.
Decades of experience drafting environmental due diligence policies for numerous banks, as well as training their staff on these policies.
We are the Choice Technical Due Diligence Consultant for many banks and law firms throughout the U.S.
Experts in Environmental Site Assessments and Investigation
KERAMIDA's experience with site assessments and investigations is unparalleled. We were one of the first firms in the nation to perform property evaluations in the 1980's and have been in the forefront ever since. Our position as one of the best environmental due diligence companies in the U.S. stems from the volume of cases our firm handles, the many environmental due diligence lectures which our professionals have given over the years, and the training workshops KERAMIDA has conducted to advance the knowledge of affected parties.
Our professionals have performed environmental assessments for both purchasers and buyers, as well as on behalf of banks, law firms, cities, and insurance companies. Our experience has given us a broad perspective on both technical issues and regulatory constraints related to environmental site assessments in a wide variety of situations, such as housing developments, apartment complexes, farmland, service stations, manufacturing facilities, industrial complexes, health care facilities, and numerous other businesses.
The Environmental Due Diligence Process
Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA)
KERAMIDA performs Phase I Environmental Site Assessments following the American Society for Testing and Materials guidelines, ASTM E 1527-00, as the minimum requirement. Our procedures exceed the ASTM E 1527-00 requirements in several critical areas, with the client's concurrence.
KERAMIDA has earned a stellar reputation for performing simultaneous multi-site Phase I and Phase II Assessments competently and within the tightest of deadlines. Highlighted key projects include:
12 Phase I Environmental Site Assessments at facilities located in the U.S. and Europe for an international health and safety equipment manufacturer, with a completion time requirement of seven business days.
Fifteen Phase I Assessments in the Midwest performed for a major bank with a completion time requirement of 2 weeks.
Five Phase I and Phase II Assessments of industrial facilities for an agribusiness interest in the western U.S. with quick turnaround requirements.
Seven Phase I and Phase II Assessments of industrial facilities and vacant land for a national industrial client. Sites were in Indiana, Maryland, Florida, California, Missouri, Arizona and Pennsylvania and work required mobilization within 2-3 days from notification.
Five Phase I and Phase II Assessments of industrial facilities in Indiana, New York, North Carolina and Kentucky with quick turnaround requirements.
Forty-four Phase I Assessments for a development project in Indiana.
Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) & Contaminated Site Remediation
The second phase of assessments includes, when required, electromagnetic ground surveys, sampling and analysis of soils, groundwater, surface water, air, asbestos, lead, and radon, and recommendations of appropriate clean-up activities. Finally, during the third phase KERAMIDA designs and conducts remedial activities and certifies their completion. KERAMIDA has been used in many occasions by law firms, banks and other clients to verify the findings obtained by other firms and/or complete the remediation in site assessment projects.
Our unique ability to handle contaminated properties is evidenced in the example cases summarized below:
KERAMIDA proposed a winning, creative solution for a complex petroleum contaminated property and successfully negotiated with the state agency for the approval of the recommended approach. KERAMIDA's technical solution for remediation and ability to negotiate with the agency lowered the cost of remediating the site by over 50% of the cost projected by other consultants, thus enabling the client to purchase the property and develop it into a successful business.
KERAMIDA's innovative investigation approach at an old bulk petroleum facility for a case undergoing litigation showed that no remediation was needed, while the consultant for the other party had performed expensive investigations and had claimed a remediation was needed at a cost of $1 million. The case was settled favorably for our client.
KERAMIDA was brought in to take over a case of extensive soil and groundwater contamination by chlorinated solvents, because of inadequacies in the investigation and remediation approach of the previous consulting firm. KERAMIDA's step approach in the investigation and use of new technologies in the remediation saved the client hundreds of thousands of dollars.
KERAMIDA employed a new technology for remediating contaminated groundwater which employed the injection of an oxygen releasing compound (ORC). This was the first time this technology was approved in a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) by IDEM.
KERAMIDA, in collaboration with our client, established the components for using natural attenuation as a viable alternative to remediation. This project was approved by IDEM and it was the first natural attenuation case handled by the agency.
KERAMIDA's extensive Superfund experience is of great value to our clients when dealing with cleanup issues such as Environmental Fate/Risk Assessment, Feasibility Studies, and Remedial Action Plans, all common tasks in Superfund projects, and important elements under any cleanup project regardless of the nomenclature used for these tasks. KERAMIDA's Superfund project at the Tippecanoe County Landfill went through the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Phase and achieved completion of the Remedial Design/Remedial Action (construction of remedy) phase in record time.
Voluntary Cleanup Programs
KERAMIDA has worked successfully and extensively under various state Voluntary Cleanup programs and has received completion on those projects. Furthermore, KERAMIDA has been an active participant in the development of the Indiana Voluntary Cleanup program and the Indiana RISC program, is participating in Ohio's Voluntary Action Program review, and is involved with California's Private Site Manager/Environmental Assessor II Program.
KERAMIDA has been a leader in the Brownfield Redevelopment arena. Our firm has undertaken the cleanup of several major industrial sites for redevelopment purposes and our professionals are nationally recognized experts in the concept and application of the Brownfield Redevelopment principles.