Recognized Environmental Condition Definition as per ASTMThe ASTM E1527-13 standard defines a recognized environmental condition (REC) as: The presence or likely presence of any hazardous substance or petroleum product 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 Subject Site. To simplify, a REC is the existence or probable existence of a hazardous substance within a property, under one or more of three ASTM-defined scenarios.
- The REC is due to a release into the environment.
- The REC is under conditions indicative of a release to the environment.
- The REC poses a significant threat of a forthcoming release to the environment.
Some examples of commonly seen RECs are:
- Historical gasoline stations facilities where underground storage tanks.
- Auto repair shops typically utilize and store hazardous substances.
- Current and historical dry cleaning businesses operating on-site.
- Historical plating facilities where chromium, other metals, solvents and degreasers have been utilized.
- Foundries, manufacturing facilities, or other heavy industrial complexes.
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Sagar Singh is in charge of the Due diligence department. He has conducted hundreds of Phase I site assessments, Phase II ESAs, Asbestos Services as well as Property Condition Assessment.