Congratulations to Skip McIntosh for completing the EPA Asbestos Building Inspector course. ERAS has doubled its asbestos certified personnel and now has two employees to provide asbestos surveys for remodeling, renovation or demolition projects. ERAS also provides operations and maintenance plans for managing asbestos in place in commercial buildings. Call us for estimates or if you have any concerns regarding the potential presence of asbestos at your Property that may become an issue during future remodeling, renovation or demolition.

ERAS has celebrated the one year anniversary of moving into it’s own office building in Hayward. The new location is equipped with computer networking and server room, and large separate offices for professional staff. The new offices provide space for the previous employees David Siegel, Gail Jones, Skip McIntosh and Kasey Cordoza, as well as the newer employees, geologists Andrew Savage and Nissa Nack. The improvements also include garage facilities for storage of equipment and supplies for Phase 2 and remediation projects. The facilities significantly increase the operational efficiency of the company and also provides for future growth of the company.

After over a year of qualification proceedings, David Siegel of ERAS Environmental, Inc. has been awarded registration as a Registered Environmental Assessor (REA) Class II.

The State of California REA is a registration of environmental professionals and is required by most banks for performance of due diligence projects.

The qualifications for both REA I and, the newer, REA II are based largely on “field” experience on the recognition of real or potential environmental hazards to human health and property value. The REA II is based on more experience (minimum of eight years) as compared to only three years for REA I.

REA II’s must also demonstrate significant project management skills, technical expertise and regulatory interaction leading to site closure. At least one regulator must provide a professional reference for qualification.

The REA II is specifically named in current California legislation as a competent professional for performance of complex environmental projects for state agencies including the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). In essence, an REA II must be an expert project manager.

There are currently, approximately eight thousand registered REA I’s and only two hundred twenty REA II’s registered in the State of California.

The owner and seller of a building in Mountain View was facing implication for part of the investigation and cleanup of an EPA Superfund site. He was unable to sell the Property.

A previous consultant discovered low levels of TCE in soil (below current Environmental Screening Levels) and in groundwater. They wrongly stated the Property was responsible even though the detected concentrations were below acceptable levels and groundwater contamination was already known to be under the Property from the upgradient Printex Superfund Site.

Through extensive file reviews ERAS was able to document historical data indicating contamination in groundwater was from the off-site source. A site inspection and underground utility survey documented that solvents in soil could be discounted as a contributory source to the plume.

A formal presentation was made to representatives of the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB). The information provided was sufficient to convince the Board that the case should be closed and No Further Action was necessary.

ERAS recently completed a Phase 2 investigation that resulted in issuance of a no further action (NFA) letter from Berkeley Toxics Management. ERAS successfully demonstrated that Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) were likely no longer present and therefore there was no contamination threat to the environment:

Review of historical maps and aerial photographs during a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment project indicated the Property contained a gasoline station from after 1930 until prior to construction of the current building (restaurant that was originally an office building). No evidence of removal of the former USTs or laboratory analysis was found in public records.

A magnetometer survey conducted over the areas most likely to contain USTs, including the sidewalks, did not confirm presence of USTs. To further verify removal of the USTs and obtain conclusive subsurface environmental information, soil borings were drilled into the sidewalks and parking lot. No contamination was encountered and the City of Berkeley personnel concurred with ERAS that no further action was necessary.