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Training Course covers environmental site assessments.

Press Release Summary:

November 26, 2008 - With 9 dates scheduled during 2009, 3-day ASTM International training course will focus on Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments. For conducting Phase I assessments, ASTM E1527 standard includes historical records research of subject property, site reconnaissance, and interviews with owners/occupants. ASTM E1903 for Phase II assessments focuses on proper planning and performance of Phase II investigations into Recognized Environmental Conditions.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

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ASTM Training Courses on Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments

Press release date: November 24, 2008

Subject of ASTM International Technical and Professional Training Course

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 24 November 2008-Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments is the subject of a three-day ASTM International training course to be held nine times in 2009.

Many companies offer training on these standards, but the ASTM International course offers an opportunity to be trained by the organization that developed the standards. The latest version of the Phase I standard, ASTM E1527-05, and information on the USEPA rule on All Appropriate Inquiry will be covered in this course.

Recognizing the need for authoritative site assessment standards, ASTM International pulled together environmental professionals, real estate and insurance professionals, lawyers and government representatives to develop its site assessment standards.

ASTM E1527, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process, is the national standard for conducting Phase I assessments and includes historical records research of the subject property; site reconnaissance of the subject property; interviews with owners/occupants of the subject property; and documentation of findings and report preparation.

ASTM E1903, Standard Guide for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Process, focuses on:
o Proper planning and performance of Phase II investigations into Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs);
o Learning various approaches used in the Phase II process to generate additional information regarding the identification and nature of potential contaminants associated with RECs identified during the Phase I and/or Transaction Screen Processes to assist in making informed business decisions concerning commercial real estate transactions; and
o Gaining an understanding of the level of knowledge necessary to satisfy the innocent purchaser defense under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and why due diligence is necessary.

The cost for the course is $1,095 and includes copies of the Phase I and Phase II standards plus 18 additional ASTM standards related to the Phase II process, course notes, case studies and information about ASTM International and Committee E50. The following is the training schedule for 2009:

March 31-April 2 ASTM Headquarters
April 14-16 Austin, Texas
May 5-7 Kansas City, Mo.
June 16-18 Little Rock, Ark.
Sept. 22-24 San Diego, Calif.
Oct. 13-15 Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 3-5 Dallas, Texas
Nov. 10-12 Baltimore, Md.
Dec. 1-3 Phoenix, Ariz.

To register or for a free brochure contact Eileen Finn, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa. (phone: 610-832-9686; fax: 610-832-9686; This course can be tailored to your company's needs and can be brought by ASTM International to your site. Contact Scott Murphy, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9685; for details.

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