ASTM E—05 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process on 13 Oct On October 6, , EPA finalized amendments to the All Appropriate Inquires ( AAI) rule to remove references to ASTM International’s. 1 Nov 1 This practice is under the jurisdiction of ASTM Committee E50 on Environ- Last previous edition approved in as E – DOI.

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The appendixes are included for information and are not part of the procedures prescribed in this practice. Section provides discussion regarding activity and use limitations. The term recognized environmental conditions means 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, ground water, or surface water of the property.

Section 3 is Referenced Documents. This document cannot replace education or experience and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment. The word “Standard” in the title means only that the document has been approved through the ASTM consensus process.

The need to include an investigation of any such conditions in the environmental professional’s scope of services should be evaluated based upon, among other factors, the nature of the property and the reasons for performing the assessment for example, a more comprehensive evaluation of business environmental risk and should be agreed upon between the user and environmental professional as additional services beyond the asrm of this practice prior to initiation of the environmental site assessment process.


SectionTerminology, has definitions of terms not unique to this practice, descriptions of terms unique to this practice, and acronyms.

Not all aspects of this practice may be applicable in all circumstances. This Asstm standard is not intended to represent or replace the standard of care by which the adequacy of a given professional service must be judged, nor should this document be applied without consideration of a project’s many unique aspects.

EPA removes references to ASTM E standard from all appropriate inquiries rule – Lexology

Additionally, an evaluation of business environmental risk associated with a parcel of commercial real estate may necessitate investigation beyond that identified in this practice see Sections 1. Section of this practice identifies, for informational purposes, certain e1527-005 conditions not an all-inclusive list that may exist on a property that are beyond the scope of this practice but may warrant consideration by parties to a commercial real estate transaction.

The term includes hazardous substances w1527-05 petroleum products even under conditions in compliance with laws.

Inclusion of petroleum products within the scope of this practice is not based upon the applicability, if any, of CERCLA to petroleum products. Users are cautioned that federal, state, and local laws may impose environmental assessment obligations that are beyond the scope of this practice.

Conditions determined to be de minimis are not recognized environmental conditions. Controlled substances are not included within the scope of this standard. As such, sufficient documentation of all sources, records, and resources utilized in conducting the inquiry required by this practice must be provided in the written report refer to 8.


Section describes User’s Responsibilities.

Referenced Documents purchase separately The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard. Section is Significance and Use of this practice.

Sections are the main body of the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, including evaluation and report preparation. The term is not intended to include de minimis conditions that generally do not present a threat to human health or the environment and that generally would not be the subject of an enforcement action if brought to the attention of appropriate governmental agencies.

Section provides additional information regarding non-scope considerations see. Work Item s – proposed revisions of this standard. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

As such, this practice is intended to permit a user to satisfy one of the requirements to qualify for the innocent landowner, contiguous property owner, or bona fide prospective purchaser limitations on CERCLA liability hereinafter, the “landowner liability protections,” or “LLPs”: Link to Active This link will always route to the current Active version of the e152-705.

Active view current version of standard. Section 1 is the Scope.