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Clearing Up the Confusion about the New ASTM E1527-13

  • Tue, January 07, 2014
  • 6:00 PM
  • SHERATON HARTFORD SOUTH HOTEL - Rocky Hill, CT (former Marriott)
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Clearing Up the Confusion about the New ASTM E1527-13

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  • Pat Coyne, Vice President of Marketing, EDR
  • Dianne P. Crocker, Principal Analyst, EDR Insight
  • Pam Elkow, Partner, Robinson & Cole LLP
  • Sam Haydock, LEP, Principal-in-Charge, BL Companies

Time and Location:

This meeting will be held on January 7, 2014 beginning at 6 PM at the SHERATON HARTFORD SOUTH HOTEL - Rocky Hill, CT (off I-91, Exit 23, former Marriott).  For directions, see:


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There are no fees to attend this meeting but we ask that you do register to allow us to determine attendees and notify you in the event of any changes to the event.

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Environmental Data Resources, Inc.
Environmental Risk Information Service Ltd.

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Program Description:

For the first time since 2005, the standard practice for Phase I ESAs has been updated.  Join EPOC and EDR for an informative training session on the new ASTM E1527-13 Standard.  During this two hour event, attendees will gain knowledge on the much-anticipated updates to the trusted standard. EDR veterans Dianne Crocker and Pat Coyne, both members of the ASTM task group responsible for the updates, closely monitored the revision process and have presented the changes to more than 1,000 environmental consultants across the U.S. since their release. Presentation content will include the frequently asked questions from environmental professionals, lenders’ reactions to the update and what firms are doing in the interim pending EPA’s formal approval. The presentation will be rounded out by Connecticut-based experts from both the engineering and legal fields sharing their observations as industry adapts to the new standard.

Attendees will learn:
  • how ASTM E1527-13 differs from the -05 standard
  • how to determine when an agency file review is - and is not - “reasonably ascertainable”
  • how to price Phase I ESAs that include AFRs
  • how lenders and EPs are reacting to the new Phase I ESA protocol
  • the latest status of EPA’s plans to recognize -13 as AAI-compliant
  • how to educate clients on the new standard
  • how to make CREC/HREC determinations
  • the process for conducting vapor migration screening
  • current industry practice in performing AFRs
  • differences from state to state in terms of availability of files, travel time required, responsiveness of agencies, and inconsistent/incomplete data
  • determining when an agency file review is and is not “reasonably ascertainable”
  • Welcome: David Burstiner, Regional Manager at EDR
  • Overview: Dianne Crocker, Principal Analyst at EDR
  • Industry Response: Sam Haydock, LEP, BL Companies and Pamela Elkow, Partner, Robinson & Cole LLP
  • Agency File Review: Pat Coyne, VP of Marketing at EDR
  • Q & A with all presenters and Closing Comments

About the Presenters:

Pat Coyne, Vice President of Marketing, EDR

In this capacity, he oversees communication of EDR’s market leading workflow solutions, data, and insight to consultants, engineers, and lenders serving all aspects of property due diligence.

Prior to his current position, he was Vice President of Product Development for EDR, managing the enhancement of existing products and creating new products to make EDR clients more efficient and more competitive.

Mr. Coyne joined EDR in 1998 as an Account Executive then became a regional manager, where he spent three years working with the company’s New Jersey client base. He has since held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility, eventually becoming Vice President of sales in 2004.

Mr. Coyne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Allegheny College.  Prior to joining the EDR team, he worked for Waste Management, Inc. in Rochester, NH.

Dianne P. Crocker, Principal Analyst, EDR Insight

With 20 years of experience in the environmental industry, Ms. Crocker provides strategic data and analysis on environmental due diligence trends to environmental consultants, commercial real estate lenders, corporations and other parties involved in real estate transactions. Under Ms. Crocker’s direction, EDR Insight delivers strategic analytics, best practices in risk management, market intelligence reports, educational seminars and customized research for stakeholders in commercial real estate deals. EDR Insight has been closely following the revisions to the ASTM E 1527 standard, and published numerous pieces on the key areas of revision for both environmental consultants and commercial real estate lenders.

She is a highly-respected expert on environmental due diligence trends, and is frequently invited to speak on the state of the commercial real estate market and how real estate environmental risk is being managed. Recent conferences include the Environmental Business Council of New England, the Treasury Management Association of New England, the Environmental Bankers Association, the Environmental Information Association, SBA America East, and EDR’s own webinars and Due Diligence at Dawn workshops. Her articles have been published in a variety of leading environmental, lending and real estate publications, including Pollution Engineering, Environmental Protection, Brownfield Renewal, Scotsmans Guide and Globe St. She also writes a bi-monthly column, "Inside the Industry" for AWMA's EM magazine. Ms. Crocker is a member of the ASTM E 50.02.06 Phase I Task Group, and she represented EDR as a Resource Participant on EPA's "All Appropriate Inquiry" Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. Ms. Crocker’s efforts to educate the due diligence marketplace about this new rule won EDR a Business Achievement Award from the Environmental Business Journal in January 2005.

Pam Elkow, Partner, Robinson & Cole LLP

Pamela Elkow represents clients in remediating or redeveloping brownfields; purchasing or selling businesses or real estate with significant environmental liabilities or challenges; obtaining permits; providing environmental, health, and safety compliance counseling; and responding to governmental enforcement.  Ms. Elkow brings to her practice the understanding that each client has a different risk profile and each property has a different future use, and the remedial strategy must fit those criteria and also be cost-effective and protective of human health and the environment. Ms. Elkow authors, along with two other Robinson & Cole attorneys, the Manufacturing Law Blog, one of the first blogs in the country to address legal issues facing manufacturers and distributors and how such issues affect the business. She is also a frequent lecturer and writer on environmental issues to audiences such as developers, environmental consultants, and lawyers.

Sam Haydock, LEP, Principal-in-Charge, BL Companies

Mr. Haydock has more than 25 years of experience in environmental and land-use consulting. He is the Director of Business Development and Client Care and was previously Director of Northeast Environmental Operations.  He has served as Program Manager and Senior Project Manager for complex environmental programs and projects.  He has extensive experience with environmental projects for developers, institutions, municipalities, municipal development entities, and state agencies.  His technical background includes designing and managing site characterization studies for contaminant investigations, design and management of site remediation and brownfields redevelopment projects, environmental permitting, ground water exploration and development, water resource assessment, and land-use impact evaluations. 

Contaminant Investigation and Remediation experience includes completion of Phase I, II, and III Environmental Assessments; completion of Remedial Investigations (RI)/Feasibility Studies (FS); development of comprehensive Remedial Action Plans; RCRA compliance and closure; landfill leachate plume studies and monitoring; contaminant source area delineation, treatment, and removal; and design, installation, and operation of ground water and vapor recovery systems.  Mr. Haydock has extensive experience with environmental investigation and remediation of Brownfields, as well as that associated with construction of bridges, roadway improvements, stormwater and sanitary sewer separation projects, and utility installation projects.  Mr. Haydock has extensive experience working and negotiating with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.

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