Environmental Protection


Environmental Assessment and Remediation
Potential environmental concerns may exist on University property from past or current activity. EP3 coordinates assessment activities to investigate site soil and groundwater quality. If the assessment activities identify contaminants within the subsurface, the concentrations are often compared to risk-based criteria for site-specific exposure pathways. If remediation is deemed necessary, cost effective and innovative solutions are implemented. Remedial options may include natural attenuation, in situ treatments, excavating impacted soils, or property restriction. One or a combination of these options may be implemented in a Due Care Plan to ensure the protection of human health and the environment.

Property Transactions; Phase I Assessments and Phase II Investigations
Acquiring real estate may raise potential liability issues for the purchaser. Through historical uses of the property, hazardous material may have been released into the sub­surface. Additional environmental concerns may include asbestos-­containing materials, lead-based paint, wetlands, and regulatory compliance history. In order to identify these concerns, EP3 coordinates Phase I Assessments and Phase II Investigations for properties the University is considering acquiring, leasing, selling, or developing. Phase I and Phase II activities include a site inspection, interviewing occupants, reviewing historical documents detailing the operational and regulatory history of the property, and environmental sampling.