Prior to about 1987, general liability insurance policies on dry cleaners included the cost of environmental liability and cleanup.  If property owners collected certificates of additionally insured from the dry cleaner businesses then it is possible they can file a claim now for environmental cleanup.  After 1987 the insurance companiesRead More →

PCE is tetrachloroethylene, a chlorinated solvent, which is a manufactured chemical that does not occur in the natural environment.  PCE was widely used as a metal degreaser by the military and industry since the 1940’s.  Later, PCE was also used in dry cleaning practices.  According to the California State WaterRead More →

Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), is a chlorinated solvent used in dry cleaning and industrial operations.  It is also known as tetrachloroethene, or perchloroethylene (PERC).  If inadvertently spilled or leaked onto the ground surface, it can get into the soil and groundwater.  PCE does not degrade quickly and can remain in the subsurfaceRead More →

California specifies the requirements and protocol for Phase I environmental site assessments in ASTM E1527 but even with the process outlined in detail, sometimes information is missed and a contaminated property is transferred from a seller to a buyer.  There are horror stories of Phase I consultants missing information aboutRead More →

Environmentally informed commercial realtors ask if a Phase I investigation has ever been done on a commercial property headed for sale.  A Phase I investigation is a records research report and site inspection that identifies any possible environmental threats to a property.  A Phase I consultant researches not only theRead More →