EarthSafe Geological and Environmental Consulting…
Commercial Real Estate and Property Transfer of Ownership
Commercial properties are a major investment. Unfortunately, buyers can become responsible for contamination discovered on their commercial property even if it was caused by a prior owner. Buyers need to secure their investment with a Phase I Environmental Assessment to assure they are not buying into a costly clean-up or a property which will decrease in value due to the stigma of contamination.
Residential Real Estate and Property Transfer of Ownership
Knowing what the soil is like under the house is as important as what is on top when you are purchasing real estate. Before you buy, have the property checked by an experienced geologist. A geologist can answer your questions about potential geologic conditions, risk assessment and mitigation.
Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment
Phase I assessments are utilized by banks, insurance companies, real estate financing companies, commercial and industrial property owners, law firms and public agencies prior to funding loans, property use changes, purchases or sales. An in-depth environmental assessment can protect all parties involved in a property exchange. The Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment includes a review of historical records, aerial photos, topographic maps and other records of activities conducted at the site and on nearby properties. Significant people or neighbors associated with the property are interviewed. The property is visited and physically examined.
Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment
Phase 2 Investigations consist of laboratory analysis of soil and/or water samples collected by drill rig, back hoe or hand auger, depending on the specific site conditions and Phase I findings. If contamination is found to be significant or exceeds the local, state or federal standards, or if substance levels present a threat to the water table or human health, further site characterization is needed to determine the vertical and lateral extent of the contamination plume. EarthSafe advocates for the client, not only to propose the most cost effective methods for remediation, but to offer plans that best meet the needs of the client.
Aboveground and Underground Storage Tanks and Piping Removal
Every owner of a business or site which has an underground storage tank (whether in use or not) must take measures to comply with federal, state and local regulations. Even if your tanks are not leaking, there are requirements for tank monitoring, leak prevention and reporting. EarthSafe will remove the tanks and arrange disposal of tank residue, the tanks and appurtenances (equipment accessories). Permitting, soil sampling and Closure Report will be completed by a Professional Geologist, licensed by the State of California. Your property will be restored to grade and finished with material of your choice.
Groundwater and Soil Testing Services
Following discovery of sub-surface contamination, regulators will request a Work Plan for delineating the extent of the contaminants. This involves a precise study of previous site use to determine optimum locations for soil borings. Borings are drilled and sampled to determine the depth and the width of the contaminant plume. Depending on the sampling results, groundwater monitoring wells will be installed.
Environmental Risk Assessment, Fate, Transport – Groundwater Modeling
EarthSafe can perform studies that show how impacted soil or water may or may not pose a threat to human health or to the beneficial use of groundwater. Site characterization examines the conditions in the subsurface.
California State Underground Storage Tank Clean-up Fund
The Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund Act of 1989 is administered by the California State Water Resources Control Board (CA SWRCB), to provide financial assistance for petroleum UST (Underground Storage Tank) owners and operators to meet the federal and state requirements associated with the cleanup of leaking petroleum USTs.
Regulatory Compliance Audits
EarthSafe Geological and Environmental Consulting can help keep your business in compliance with Regional Water Board, local regulators and other EPA enforcement requirements.
Service Area: Registration and Licenses
Professional Geologist, State of California, 1993 – Certificate #5590
A – General Engineering Contractor, State of California, License #734057
Hazardous Substance Removal and Remedial Actions Certification
C-57 Well Drillers License, State of California
OSHA 40 Hour Basic Health and Safety Training
Christopher Wernicke is the Principal Geologist for EarthSafe Geological and Environmental Consulting. Based in Los Angeles County, EarthSafe provides environmental and geologic consulting services anywhere in California, especially in:
Orange County (Anaheim, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana)
Los Angeles County (Glendale, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Pomona, Santa Clarita)
Riverside County (Corona, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Riverside, Temecula)
San Bernardino County (Fontana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, Victorville)
San Diego County (Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, Oceanside, San Diego)
Ventura County (Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Ventura)