Environmental Enlightenment

Natural Attenuation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons

Natural Attenuation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons

Environmental Enlightenment #326: When something attenuates, it becomes less. Natural attenuation is the process where the presence of certain substance in the environment reduces overtime without human intervention, using physical, chemical and biological processes that are part of nature.

Natural Attenuation

Natural Attenuation

Environmental Enlightenment #326: When something attenuates, it becomes less. Natural attenuation is the process where the presence of certain substance in the environment reduces overtime without human intervention, using physical, chemical and biological processes that are part of nature.

Is It Mitigation? Abatement? Remediation? Cleanup?

Is It Mitigation? Abatement? Remediation? Cleanup?

Environmental Enlightenment #322Commercial real estate transactions live or die by these words; we find them floating around a bit too loosely and are reminded of old Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the...

Is It Soil Vapor? Soil Gas?

Is It Soil Vapor? Soil Gas?

Environmental Enlightenment #321Here is an illustration taken from a video by California EPA. The name is “Supplemental Guidance: Screening and Evaluating Vapor Intrusion” and the illustration shows contaminated “gas” intruding into a building.Credit Cal EPAAnother...

Chemicals Used in Dry-cleaning Operations

Chemicals Used in Dry-cleaning Operations

Environmental Enlightenment #090(Acknowledgement: http://www.drycleancoalition.org) Dry-cleaning is the washing of fabrics in non-aqueous solvents. The first regular use of a non-aqueous solvent in garment cleaning was in 1716, when spirits of turpentine were used to...

Flash Point and Volatility

Flash Point and Volatility

Environmental Enlightenment #243Generally, a flammable liquid means a liquid which may catch fire easily. Oil-based paints are flammable. Gasoline is highly flammable A flash is a sudden short blaze of intense light of flame. When something flashes, it bursts suddenly...

Environmental Base Line (or Bench Mark) in Real Estate Transactions

Environmental Base Line (or Bench Mark) in Real Estate Transactions

Environmental Enlightenment #234Absolutes do not exist, and values get established only by comparisons. Suppose I said, “Three hundred.” Your immediate response could probably be, “Three hundred what? Fish? Avocado? Light years?” Suppose I said, “Three hundred...

Ecosystems

Ecosystems

Environmental Enlightenment #220 — An ecosystem is a community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in conjunction with nonliving components.

Aquifers Support Life

Aquifers Support Life

Environmental Enlightenment #302 Unconsolidated soil and rocks, when filled with water, make aquifers. Aquifers are subsurface formations of soil and rock that are saturated with water. Aquifers are made of pores and particles. The groundwater fills the pores.  Some...

Sustainability

Sustainability

Environmental Enlightenment #320—Sustainability is how ecosystems remain diverse and productive.

Wetlands Assessment

Wetlands Assessment

Environmental Enlightenment #318USEPA defines wetlands as areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal  circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted...

ToxFAQs™

ToxFAQs™

Environmental Enlightenment #319—The ATSDR ToxFAQs™ is a series of summaries about hazardous substances. Each fact sheet serves as a quick and easy to understand guide.

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,...

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