Federal Liability laws for environmental contamination are “Joint and Several”. This means that if an individual owned a property that is now contaminated, he or she may be liable for the costs associated with cleanup. The best way to avoid potential liability is by conducting environmental Due Diligence prior to purchasing the property.
By conducting Due Diligence, an individual can show that he or she made a significant effort, or all appropriate inquiry (AAI), to determine the environmental health of the property prior to purchase.
An individual can then qualify for the “Innocent Landowner Defense” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), if the property is found to be contaminated. Properly conducted Phase I, Phase II and Baseline Environmental Assessments (BEA) meet the requirements for the “Innocent Landowner Defense” and, therefore, reduces the potential liability to landowners for costs associated with environmental contamination.
Global Environmental Engineering has been conducting environmental assessments in Michigan for 30 years. The variety of projects completed by the company has resulted in a firm that is well versed with all levels of regulations, including local, State, and Federal.
Global works closely with the buyer, seller, financial institution and/or realtor to complete a successful real estate transaction while reducing fear of potential liability.
A Phase I ESA, on average, takes two to three weeks to complete. Rush jobs can be accommodated for an additional fee. If a file review is required, the report may require an extended schedule.
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