Whether you refer to them as RECs or Recognized Environmental Conditions, nailing down what exactly they are can seem tricky. The good news is that the team of experts at Nelson Enviro is here to help! To put it simply, we’ll highlight any RECs in a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment in order to make sure that you know exactly how the land in your report has been used in the past.

Surely there’s more to it than that though, right? You are correct, and fortunately for you, in today’s blog we’ll be discussing this very question more in-depth. Keep reading to learn more about Recognized Environmental Conditions and what they mean for a Phase I ESA.

A Brief Overview of RECs

So what exactly is an REC? Generally speaking, this signifies the presence or likely presence of any hazardous substances or petroleum products on a property under conditions that indicate an existing release, a past release, or a material threat of a release of any hazardous substances or petroleum products into structures on the property or into the ground, groundwater, or surface water of the property. In short, it simply means that if there is a potential issue, we want to make you aware of it whether that issue occurred in the past, exists in the present, or might rear its ugly head in the future.

One great example of how this can be helpful is as follows:

Let’s say you’re planning to buy a piece of land. Everything appears to be normal, but you order a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment in order to know for sure. Our report shows that the land in question was used as a gas station back in the 1950s. Even though there is no trace of it now just looking at the land, the soil has told us that a Recognized Environmental Condition is present. At the end of the day, we believe that it’s always better to know these things well in advance and that’s how we can help.

What Will That Mean For Your Project?

Unfortunately there is no simple answer to this question. In some instances, hazardous materials might make it impossible to use the land in question in the way you originally intended; other situations, however, might present a different solution that can be agreed upon.

In short, the truth of the matter is that it just depends on how you intend to use the land you’re considering purchasing and if the Recognized Environmental Condition can be remedied in such a way that it still works for you to use it. The key, of course, is being certain that you know what’s in store and being prepared to deal with it. At the end of the day, it’s not helpful to find out that there’s a problem after it’s too late to do anything about it. We strive to provide our clients with a full report that enables them to make an informed decision.

Put Your Trust in Nelson Enviro

Sometimes our environmental study will uncover facts about the piece of land you are considering purchasing. In that case, we are more than happy to recommend companies that you might work with in order to remedy the situation. We can also provide you with suggestions on further testing that could be done in order to ensure that you have the most complete picture possible.

We’re dedicated to ensuring that you make the right decision every step of the way and we go above and beyond to do just that.

Have Further Questions?

Have more questions about a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment or RECs? Don’t hesitate to take a look at our list of frequently asked questions where we go into more depth on this topic and many others that you might find useful.

Of course if you’re ready to order a Phase I ESA for yourself, we’d be happy to speak with you! We believe that you should have all of the facts in front of you before making your final decision. At Nelson Enviro, we can provide you with those facts. Contact our team of experts today to start the process. We look forward to hearing from you!


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