What is an Environmental Transaction Screen?

An Environmental Transaction Screen is a cost-effective solution to Environmental Due Diligence reporting. An ETS (Environmental Transaction Screen) is a scaled-down version of a Phase I ESA report. An ETS assessment includes regulatory records review, personnel interviews, and a site visit. It meets the guidelines set forth by the ASTM Standard Practice but does not follow the EPA’s All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) requirements and will not offer the client protection from CERCLA liability.

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What is an Environmental Transaction Screen?

An Environmental Transaction Screen is a cost-effective solution to Environmental Due Diligence reporting. An ETS (Environmental Transaction Screen) is a scaled-down version of a Phase I ESA report. An ETS assessment includes regulatory records review, personnel interviews, and a site visit. It meets the guidelines set forth by the ASTM Standard Practice but does not follow the EPA’s All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) requirements and will not offer the client protection from CERCLA liability.

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Environmental Transaction Screen

When Do You Need An Environmental Transaction Screen?

In the United States, ESAs of real estate properties are required in many situations, including:

  • When property is purchased or sold
  • During buyouts and changes in ownership
  • When a lender considers providing a loan for real estate
  • When changes in permitting occur
  • When mandated by a regulatory agency

In addition, there are many situations when an ESA is advisable, such as when a property is being evaluated for purchase, or simply when an owner wishes to know more about the current state of their property.

An Environmental Professional Tip

Environmental Transaction Screen (ETS): A less comprehensive version of the Phase I ESA featuring:

  • The rigor prescribed by ASTM E1528-14
  • An EPA-certified EP’s review of regulatory and proprietary databases within 1/8-mile of the subject site
  • An EP’s review of regulatory and proprietary databases outside the standard 1/8-mile radius when warranted
  • An EP’s review of the subject site’s historical use, including a review of historical aerial photographs, city directories, and Sanborn fire insurance maps
  • An EP’s review of client-provided information
  • An EP’s review of readily available online regulatory agency files
  • In-person reconnaissance of the subject site and adjacent properties
  • Snapshot Presentation of the subject site’s boundaries and adjacent properties
  • An EP’s expert handicapping of potential environmental risks specific to your property
  • An EP’s recommendation for additional EDD, if warranted

Environmental Transaction Screen Specifications:

  • Meets SBA Standards
  • Within 5-7 Business days from inspection
  • Within 7 Business days from file review (EFR)
  • Performed in general accordance with ASTM E1528-14
  • Limited environmental review of a property with the scope of work intended to be less than that of a Phase I
  • Site reconnaissance – subject property and surrounding properties
  • Records Review (physical setting sources, city directories, Sanborn maps/fire insurance maps, historical information on subject property
  • Professional recommendations
  • Full search radius
  • Performed to identify Potential Environmental Concerns (PEC)
  • Additional cost for ETS with Enhanced File Review (EFR)

Complete Site Inspections

We will perform a thorough site inspection of your property. This will give you current knowledge about the current condition of the site.

Fast Professional Service

We know your time is valuable. Our Environmental Professionals work with you to make sure you get what you need on time.

Historical & Regulatory Database Review

eScreenLogic performs reviews on both historical data and regulatory databases to see if any condition-qualifying events took place.

Owner and Personnel Interviewing

Our ETS reports come standard with interviewing of the property owner and personnel by our top professional staff.

There are several reasons potential site owners, real estate investors, building owners, and bank lenders ask for, and often, require an ESA. If a bank or lending counsel is requesting one, it is to guarantee the protection of their investment and ensure passing conditions before venturing further into a loan process or to help avoid liability.

If you’re a property owner, undergoing a Phase I ESA is a relatively inexpensive way to ensure the quality of your assets or to help streamline a potential purchase offer down the road.

Environmental Professional Tip:

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA): The gold standard of EDD reports. This tool has all the required features of our Environmental Transaction Screen (ETS), but also includes:

  • An EPA-certified EP’s personal review of adjacent properties’ historical use, including a review of historical aerial photographs, city directories, and Sanborn/fire insurance maps
  • Compatibility with Small Business Administration’s (SBA) EDD Guidelines and inclusion of insurance

Phase I Specifications:

  • Meets SBA requirements & EPA All-Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) guidance
  • Results within 7-10 days from inspection
  • Performed in general accordance with ASTM E1527-13
  • A requirement for meeting CERCLA liability protection
  • Title records, environmental liens, and activity and use limitations review when provide by client
  • Review of tribal government records
  • Research/interview past owners/occupants
  • Full search radius
  • Identifies Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs)
  • A physical reconnaissance of subject site and adjoining properties
  • Review of selected physical sources (topographical maps, soil survey, etc)
  • Review of selected historical use information, (aerial photographs, city directories, etc)
  • Records review of local, state, and/or federal regulatory databases, as required

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Additional Information

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