Five Railyard Portfolio

August Mack was retained by a Michigan-based short line railroad company to perform Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) for five different railyards within the state. The purpose of this effort was to review each site’s history and evaluate the current conditions of each property in order to determine if any Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs) were present pending the client’s acquisition of the sites.

Each of the railyard properties were given thorough on-site inspections by August Mack personnel. The locations were examined for evidence of chemical spillage, the presence or storage of hazardous materials, and any other current or potential environmental risk factors.

Additionally, due to the nature of the sites and their longtime use as railyards, August Mack took particular care when looking into their history. August Mack performed a series of interviews with property owners (or their designated representatives) and other knowledgeable employees. Prior available environmental records for each railyard and adjacent areas were accessed through state and federal regulatory agencies. Historical documents including aerial photography, Sanborn maps, and construction/development timelines for each railyard were also consulted. For some of the railyards, local historical societies were contacted to provide supplementary information in order to ensure August Mack had a thorough understanding of each site’s current and past operations.

Using the results of the physical inspection and the record evaluation, August Mack was able to identify all present RECs at each of the five locations and provide guidance on what actions might need to be taken, allowing the client to then discern how to address each REC appropriately.

The portfolio was finished efficiently and within the client’s requested deadline. All research and Phase Is were completed within a 21-day period and the findings promptly communicated to the client in a comprehensive report for each site. Using the information August Mack provided, the client was able to move forward appropriately with their acquisition of the sites.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Our Commitment to You During the Coronavirus Pandemic

For the past 32 years, August Mack has strived to live up to our Corporate Mission of superior service to our customers and a strong commitment to our employees. The events of recent days have caused us to reassess our operating procedures to ensure that we are doing all we can to maintain this mission.

COVID-19 Services

August Mack is prepared to support businesses dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. For over 30 years, we have handled new and emerging issues and become a valued partner to companies across the country. We understand that the current situation is constantly evolving and are ready to help our clients in all markets. We can support your company via minimizing risk in high volume areas, routine disinfection of facilities, and preparation for re-opening.

Exceptions to the Rule: Exceptions to Michigan’s Environmental Liability Protection Program and Due Care Obligations

It is well known to the purchasers/lessors of real estate within Michigan that there is a protocol that was established in 1995 by the former Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), known as the Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA) that provides environmental liability protection to new owners/occupants of contaminated land.  However, within the regulations of the … more »

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER

Get weekly updates including industry related articles and educational webinars.