ENVIRONMENTAL DUE DILIGENCE & MONITORING
Environmental Due Diligence (EDD) is an important part of the overall due diligence process, as environmental liabilities can be large and hidden and result in significant, yet often unforeseen costs. Unidentified liabilities relating to natural resources (e.g. wetlands, endangered species, sensitive habitats), land or water contamination, or impending permitting requirements, can cost both purchasers and lenders. Construction and mitigation monitoring is often required as a condition of a license, permit, authorization, or environmental assessment. Monitoring by a third party entity is necessary to confirm for the regulatory agency or department that the work meets the requirements stated in the approval. Barnett Environmental has conducted monitoring and agency reporting for a number of our clients and can assist you if there is a need for your project.
Specific Services Offered
- Environmental Due Diligence – Our environmental audit of facilities and properties includes: a review of relevant environmental information, natural resource and hazardous materials (e.g. Phase 1 & 2) site investigations, potential regulatory permit &/or compliance obligations, and strategic advice on risk and liability management.
- Pre-construction surveys – Prior to construction, surveys are often required to make sure there is no potential for impacting a threatened or endangered species, particularly during nesting and migration seasons.
- Worker Environmental Awareness Program (WEAP) Training – Construction workers who are unfamiliar with how to treat environmentally sensitive areas of a project may require a short training program as part of permit or CEQA conditions.
- Construction Monitoring – Monitoring is required for environmental permits and CEQA conditions during construction to ensure unapproved impacts do not occur.
- Mitigation Monitoring – If a project includes onsite mitigation for wetlands, or endangered species, monitoring will be necessary to ensure it is established and successful.
- Documenting and Reporting – We prepare any reports required to document the monitoring program and submit these findings to the appropriate agency.