On-Site Training | Program Summary | List of Seminar Topics – North America | Environmental Design Issues and Brownfield Laws

Course Number: SEM-EN-3023

Length of Course: 3 hours – Several topics can be combined to provide up to an 8 hour seminar session

Seminar Location: This seminar is available for on-site training

In Environmental Design Issues and Brownfield Laws, you’ll learn …


  • The ins and outs of Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs)
  • The ramifications of the Brownfields Revitalization Act for potential developers
  • How to identify environmental risks and perform an “ALL Appropriate Inquiry” (AAI) prior to acquisition of property
  • How to implement a cleanup program to obtain a “No Further Remediation” letter


In this seminar, you will learn about the role that Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) play in evaluating potential property purchases. First, we will examine the various components of a Phase I ESA and identify some commonly recognized environmental conditions and business environmental risks. We will also discuss the impact of the 2002 Brownfields Revitalization Act, along with the “All Appropriate Inquiry” rules and Post Phase I ESA requirements. Next, we will discuss Phase II site investigations, from implementing risk-based cleanup programs known as the Tiered Approach to Corrective Action Objectives (TACO) to obtaining “No Further Remediation” letters. In order to understand better how TACO relates to risk evaluation and property development, we will conclude the seminar with a look at some case studies of environmentally impacted properties.

Take away and learning objectives

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The purpose, scope, and timing of a Phase I ESA
  • The components of a Phase I ESA (site inspection, historical review, state and federal database review, review of past reports and FOIA documents)
  • What constitutes a “Recognized Environmental Concern” (REC) and some of the more common RECs
  • Business environmental risks (e.g., asbestos, lead, radon, mold, etc.)
  • The 2002 Brownfields Revitalization Act and “All Appropriate Inquiry” (AAI) rules and requirements
  • Post Phase I ESA requirements
  • The components of Phase II Site Investigations
  • The Tiered Approach to Corrective Action Objectives (TACO)
  • The requirements and procedures for obtaining “No Further Remediation” letters

Speak to a Representative to Schedule a Seminar

For more information contact:

Ken Hudspeth, General Manager
Phone 1-877-PDHengineer (1-877-734-3644)
Email: ken.hudspeth@PDHengineer.com