Environmental Enlightenment

Real Estate Transactions and the Recognized Environmental Conditions

Real Estate Transactions and the Recognized Environmental Conditions

Environmental Enlightenment #317Nowadays, most transactions in commercial and industrial properties employ the Phase I Environmental Site Assessments to ascertain potentail risks to public health and the environment from non-optimal conditions of contaminated soil,...

Path of Least Resistance

Path of Least Resistance

Environmental Enlightenment #306 Here’s a simplified, conceptual image of the fate of leaking petroleum fluids in soil and groundwater. It omits certain phenomena that the pedantic amongst us may fault me on; and my justification is, it’s being done for sake of the...

Commingled Plumes

Commingled Plumes

Environmental Enlightenment #185Plume can mean various things. The word comes from Latin pluma, meaning small soft feather. Here are some eagle plumes.A plume is also a feather or bunch of feathers worn as an ornament or a mark of rank(Picture courtesy of...

One Useful Environmental Database

One Useful Environmental Database

Environmental Enlightenment #219—Here’s a data-packed site that provides handy information on environmental data at sites of interest.

Groundwater Gradient and Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

Groundwater Gradient and Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

Environmental Enlightenment #312 Gradient is the inclination of a riverbed, usually described as the number of feet the river drops per mile. Water flows downhill. Always? Take a close look at the water in the creek as it bounces from rock to rock on the way down and...

On Being an Expert

On Being an Expert

Environmental Enlightenment #235 ​Asserting oneself an expert bears responsibility. What is an expert? Here are thoughts, humbly submitted for your inspection. Expertise is a graduated, spirally climbing scale, ever returning to itself at higher and higher plateaus....

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment—Probabilities and Possibilities

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment—Probabilities and Possibilities

Environmental Enlightenment #245Probability is the extent to which something is probable; the likelihood of something happening or being the case. (Google) Probability is a scale of certainty: How certain is it that an undeveloped piece of land will be contaminated...

Environmental Base Line

Environmental Base Line

Environmental Enlightenment #175 In dealing with physical matters, absolutes do not exist. One establishes value only by comparison. A “base line” is any precisely determined line forming a side of a triangle so that when the adjacent angles are measured, the relative...

Basins

Basins

Environmental Enlightenment #313 If you dip into environmental reports, you will likely run into the term basin.   The essential concept of basin is water container (derives from Latin bacinus, bacca) A natural depression on the earth's surface, typically containing...

Spill Containment and the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

Spill Containment and the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

Environmental Enlightenment #311 Proper spill containment in the storage of hazardous substances reduces environmental liability. In conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments on commercial or industrial real estate, our eyes are tuned to telltale signs of poor...

Water Planet

Water Planet

Environmental Enlightenment #310 — Seventy percent (70%) of the surface of the earth is mantled in water.

Groundwater

Groundwater

Environmental Enlightenment #309 Groundwater is vital for our existence. The information below has been extracted from a publication by the United States Geological Survey and enriched with images borrowed or procured on the web. The ground-water environment is hidden...

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