brownfield real estate Articles

  • Integrated Environmental Risk Management in Real Estate Transactions

     Traditional risk management posits a rational, five-step process for managing risks. The outstanding differences between this traditional process and the environmental risk management process lie in the technicality and complexity of step one (identifying and analyzing environmental risk) and of the first part of step two (examining the feasibility of  alternative risk management, ...

  • ORC Replaces SVE at Brownfield Site

    Site Summary A former service station was located on prime real estate in downtown San Francisco. Redevelopment was planned for the site, however, due to residual BTEX groundwater contamination, construction activity was halted. A soil vapor extraction (SVE) system previously operated at the site for approximately one year. This approach was not successful in reducing BTEX concentrations to ...


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  • Driving your growth and profits with brownfields

    Brownfields create economic growth while better protecting human health and the environment. Eligible Brownfield properties generally include property that has been or is being used for industrial, commercial, residential, agricultural or public purposes, is contaminated or perceived to be contaminated and/or functionally obsolete and/or blighted.Being a Michigan native, I will use Michigan as a ...

  • Brownfield remediation - Urban revitalization requires local groups to learn to identify brownfield sites and understand the liability issues and environmental concerns.

    Brownfields are defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as 'abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.' Vacant industrial sites, gas stations, commercial buildings, and offices all fall under the heading of brownfields. Brownfields can be found in almost ...


  • Seattle, WA - Rapid PCE remediation for Brownfield redevelopment - Case Study

    Brownfield Redevelopment in South Lake Union Area of Seattle Project Summary TRS Group, Inc. (TRS) designed, installed and operated an electrical resistance heating (ERH) source area remediation project at a former commercial laundry and dry cleaning facility in the rapidly growing area of South Lake Union in Seattle, WA, The scope of the remediation was to ...


    By TRS Group, Inc.

  • Treatment of a mixed CVOC and cr contaminated site using in situ chemical reduction (ISCR) and Stimulated Biotic Mineralization

    The implementation of efficient and cost-effective remedial solutions in the clean-up of impacted properties is paramount in returning brownfields and other impacted properties to viable use in the face of the recent real estate market declines. Historical site use of the Cleveland Flats project area included: a manufactured gas plant (circa. 1850), trucking terminal, & plating operations. As ...


  • NJDEP issuing remedial priority scores for contaminated sites

    Very shortly, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) will be issuing letters to responsible parties containing a draft Remedial Priority Score (RPS) for their particular site. It is unclear how the rankings will be used, but the RPS system has been described as a tool to sort sites out for further discussion. The ...

  • Meeting NIMBY

    The development of commercial or industrial real estate is often delayed or even canceled due to unforeseen public issues. For example in 2004, the USA Today reported that Wal- Mart, the world’s largest public corporation, has encountered successive delays while attempting to construct one of its 40 planned super centers in California. Similar levels of resistance to other so called ...


  • Insurance Matures for Redevelopment

    After going through an often-painful learning curve in the late 1970s and 1980s, insurance underwriters have developed increasing expertise in writing policies to protect property owners, contractors and other parties in site-remediation projects against unforeseen cost exposures. Two principal insurance vehicles - remediation cost-cap and pollution legal liability (PLL) - are used on many ...

  • Environmental Insurance: Tailored to Fit

     More sophisticated insurance tools are making it earier to protect your property Contaminated properties represent a huge investment opportunity, but much of it lies untapped because of environmental liability concerns. Anyone who buys property that is actually or potentially contaminated should consider it as a risk management option, and they should do so very early in the brownfield ...

  • The New Environmental Insurance Products: When Does it Make Sense to Buy Them?

     Part One Introduction Real estate transactions with environmental problems often founder on attempts to shift the liabilities from one party to the other. In transactions with other types of problems, insurance is a popular risk transfer mechanism,  and is regularly used for that purpose, but it is used far less often when there are environmental risks. This so-called ...

  • Environmental Insurance for Lenders: What is It, and Can It Substitute for Due Diligence?

     This article addresses two aspects of the new environmental insurance policies for lenders (usually referred to as Secured Creditor, or SC, policies): that of the sometimes significant differences among the policies now on the market, and the controversial due diligence issue - whether the policies can be a 'substitute' for environmental due diligence or a Phase I. The four major ...

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