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We review the Federal, State, County and Municipal databases to find any business within 1 mile of your property that used or transported hazardous materials. A3E will find any leaking underground storage tanks. We'll discover where in the regulatory process your neighbors open cases are with the State Department of Environmental Quality. If any concern showed up on any database that's in the government's possession, we'll find it.
City Directories are phone books. We search them based on your property's address to find out what kinds of businesses occupied the location going back to the dawn of the telephone. The names of the business tell us if we should be concerned about the chemicals they historically used. Our scientists are especially interested in dry cleaning locations, plating facilities, and gas stations. Dry cleaners and gas stations have been around for over 100 years with areas possibly being redeveloped several times since then. Those chemicals, or worse yet, the tanks that held them could still be in the ground all these years later. They could be presenting health risks to anyone who digs in the soil, breathes the air inside a building or drinks the water.
Fire Insurance Maps are maps that tell insurance companies what structures existed on a property during any given year in the past. Fire Insurance Maps come from a time when it was possible, maybe even inevitable that entire towns were capable of burning down. The Fire Insurance Maps helped to sort out insurance claims should catastrophic fires claim an area. Fortunately, they are still available and very enlightening as to past uses of urban sites going back to the 1880's. A3 Environmental uses these maps to see the use of our client's property and the surrounding parcels. Often these maps will show the location of underground tanks that may or may not have been removed and the types of chemicals they used to contain.
Cities and Counties routinely took aerial photographs for a variety of reasons throughout history. Imagine you were going to purchase a vacant parcel of land with nothing other than some grasses and mature trees on it. What you can't tell from looking at the land is that in 1920, there was a factory that used and stored chemicals that contaminated the ground. Historic aerials would show the factory and give us an idea of where the chemicals were stored. Even though the buildings were demolished long enough ago that mature trees have taken their place, we'll know what was there. Fire insurance maps give us insight into what we should worry about, so you don't have to worry. A3E will dig in and find your answers.