what is a phase I environmental site assessment

What is a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?

By Paul Sakson / October 1, 2021

You may need a Phase I environmental site assessment (ESA) if you purchase or redevelop a commercial building – including schools and child care facilities. Here’s what that means. When you buy or lease a piece of commercial property, the last thing you want to happen is to get hit with a bunch of unforeseen costs down the road. Yet,…

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Opening a Child Care Center in New Jersey: How Long Does Environmental Compliance Take?

By Paul Sakson / July 19, 2021

To open a new child care center in New Jersey, the owner must perform some basic environmental tasks for compliance with regulations. Let’s talk about what that means. Environmental compliance shows that a child care center is adhering to New Jersey’s laws in order to obtain a license to operate. In addition, compliance helps ensure that the child care center…

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Why does the NJDEP inspect my site?

By Paul Sakson / April 27, 2021

If you have a new child care center, State licensing requirements require an environmental assessment.  Usually, this entails hiring a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) to issue a Response Action Outcome (RAO) to satisfy NJ Department of Environmental Protection requirements.  The RAO is the final document. So why does the NJDEP inspect the site and review the file after the…

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By Paul Sakson / May 10, 2020

PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, have been used as a coolant and lubricating fluid in a variety of electrical products due to their good heat insulation properties. Hence they have historically been used in pole mounted and ground transformers, fluorescent lighting fixtures and equipment using hydraulic oils. PCBs are generally odorless and colorless and tend to persist in the environment. Aroclor…

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Do I Need to Sample a Tank Area?

By Paul Sakson / June 1, 2017

Many child care centers are located at sites where there is (or was) oil heat, or other uses that had storage tanks, such as commercial properties or former service stations. There may be aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) or underground storage tanks (USTs) that stored #2 fuel oil, or some other petroleum product. Are samples required for child care center licensing…

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Historic Fill Sampling for Child Care Centers

By Paul Sakson / May 1, 2017

Many urban and low elevation areas in New Jersey have been mapped by the New Jersey Geological Survey as having historic fill.  Fill material often contains metals, semi-volatile compounds and petroleum hydrocarbons. The first step is to confirm if mapped historic fill is actually present.  This is generally accomplished via drilling small diameter holes in various areas of the property. …

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Allot time

By Paul Sakson / January 1, 2017

When looking to open a new child care center, allot enough time to comply with NJDEP and NJDOH requirements, especially if the property has had decades of development or prior NJDEP submittals.  Typical environmental due diligence usually takes 30 days, although longer times may be required based on site specific situations.   When required, additional time is needed for play…

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The One Year Vacancy Policy

By Paul Sakson / August 1, 2016

If you’re considering opening a child care center in a space that previously completed the child care center environmental requirements, you generally don’t need to redo them unless the center has been vacant for more than one year. (Yes, re-occupancy happens more than you think). The NJ Department of Children and Families (NJDCF) has a policy regarding such a situation:…

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Play Area Soil Sampling

By Paul Sakson / September 1, 2015

When opening a new child care center or expanding an existing play area, oftentimes soil samples are needed for compliance. Soil samples are generally required when there is a potential for children to have direct contact with any site contaminants, such as pesticides from historic agriculture use. The potential for direct contact includes play areas constructed on natural grass or…

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