Standard Practice

Phase I ASTM Standard and the EPA Final Rule

Phase I ASTM Standard and the EPA Final Rule

On December 15, 2022, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) issued the final rule that amended the All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) Rule to reference ASTM E1527-21 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site...

New Changes to the SBA SOP

New Changes to the SBA SOP

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has released a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for 7(a) and 504 Loan Programs that will become effective August 1, 2023. The new SOP, referenced as SOP 50 10 7 for Lender and Development Company Loan Programs, will...

COVID-19 and Phase I Limitations

COVID-19 and Phase I Limitations

COVID-19 has affected our world in so many ways, including how environmental assessments are completed. The Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) process, as described in the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) E 1527 Standard Practice for Phase I...