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Due Diligence

Environmental Evaluations and Liability Protection

September 27, 2022

The acquisition of real estate can also involve the potential acquisition of environmental liability. Before property acquisition, environmental risks and potential liability can be evaluated through the completion of environmental due diligence in order to help the prospective owner/operator properly value and safely use their property. Environmental assessment can also be performed for existing property owners

Due Diliegence Requirements for Land Acquistion

September 13, 2022

In Michigan, as in other states across the U.S., keeping pace with the housing demand can be challenging. Still feeling the impacts of the pandemic, residential builders continue to experience high materials costs, supply chain issues that delay projects, and difficulty hiring enough workers to meet the demand. But, even with all these challenges, some

Brownfields to Breweries

July 8, 2022

The craft beer movement launched in the late 1980s and early 1990s as homebrewing became more mainstream. The industry continues to experience a nationwide surge in popularity, and Michigan breweries are no exception. Today, Michigan ranks fourth in the U.S. for total number of breweries (400); as a reference point, New York ranks first with

Supporting the Nationwide Expansion of Michigan Companies

June 28, 2022

Southwest Michigan has been an integral part of Envirologic’s success throughout the 33 years we’ve been in business. It’s not just that our office is headquartered in the vibrant city of Kalamazoo — we are deeply rooted in these communities through our memberships with local organizations and sponsorships of public events and initiatives. Many of

Records Search with Risk Assessment (RSRA)

May 12, 2022

A Records Search with Risk Assessment (RSRA), sometimes called a Desktop Review, is one of several products that Envirologic offers to help our clients meet their specific environmental due diligence needs. Alternatives to a RSRA include a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and an Environmental Transaction Screen, both of which offer different advantages. The

What is an Environmental Transaction Screen?

May 10, 2022

An Environmental Transaction Screen may be utilized to meet due diligence needs in certain instances in place of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) or a Records Search with Risk Assessment (RSRA). A Transaction Screen is a more thorough environmental evaluation than a RSRA; however, similar to a RSRA, a Transaction Screen is not

Understanding the Potential for Residual Pesticides

April 13, 2022

Fruit orchards and vineyards are common throughout West Michigan. In fact, Michigan s fruit belt spans much of the western side of the state, stretching from the southern border to the Traverse City area. This entire region provides prime growing conditions since Lake Michigan protects the fruit trees and vines from harsh temperature changes through

Assessing Property During Acquisition

April 6, 2022

When a prospective buyer is purchasing a property or an existing owner is managing their assets, understanding the property’s past use history and existing environmental conditions is critical as they may represent potential liability. Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), regulators can fine property owners and require removal of hazardous materials

Evaluating Environmental Risk – Part Four

March 11, 2022

Demonstrating compliance with ongoing “due care” obligations is a requirement for owners and operators of contaminated property and is also a necessary requirement for maintaining liability protection afforded through a Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA). Due care requirements apply to liable and non-liable owners and operators alike and generally focus on preventing unacceptable exposures to contamination and

Evaluating Environmental Risk – Part Three

March 9, 2022

When a property is determined to have contaminants present in excess of the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Residential cleanup criteria, the property meets the definition of either a Facility or Site as defined by Part 201 or Part 213 of NREPA. The preparation and disclosure of a Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA) provides

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