Official ASTM CEU Opportunity – Phase 1 ESA Process Training Course – Minneapolis, MN – June 13, 2018 – 1 Day ONLY!

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This focused 1-day course for commercial real estate professionals, environmental consultants and engineers covers the ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process (E1527). You will gain an understanding of the landowner liability protections to CERCLA, how the standard is used in commercial real estate transactions, and how the standard and related regulations affect the way you do business.

Attending the EBA Summer 2018 Conference? This course is conveniently scheduled in order to accommodate those attending the conference.

Register Online at the ASTM training course registration page.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Check-in & Networking: 8 – 8:30 a.m.
Class: 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Price: $495

Lunch provided by Historical Information Gatherers (HIG).
Dietary restrictions/preferences? Contact Marla at

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe how and why the standard is used in commercial real estate transactions
  • Understand the connection between federal environmental regulations and E1527
  • Interpret how E1527 affects the way you do business

Who Should Attend

  • Emerging Environmental Professionals
  • Appraisers
  • Property Owners and Asset Managers
  • Real Estate and Environmental Attorneys
  • Bankers and other CRE finance professionals
  • Anyone responsible for reviewing Environmental Due Diligence reports

Fee Includes

  • Copy of E1527-13 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process
  • Course presentation materials
  • Certificate of Course Completion and 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 1-year membership to ASTM International and Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action. (Applies to new members only and may not be used to renew existing memberships.)

Special Guest Speaker

Julie Kilgore, President
Wasatch Environmental/ASTM E1527 Task Group Chair

Julie Kilgore of Wasatch Environmental has been the ASTM E1527 Task Group chair for nearly 20 years and has reviewed thousands of Phase I ESA reports.  Julie will give an overview of the current E1527 revision process currently underway.  You will learn what parts of the standard may need clarification, what issues the Task Group is working on and get a heads up on what changes may be coming when the revised standard is published in 2021.

About the Instructor

Sean Leary, Executive Vice President and Due Diligence Group Manager
Vieau Associates, Inc. / Certified ASTM Phase I ESA Trainer

Sean has ten years of experience providing environmental due diligence and remediation consulting. He contributed to the development of ASTM E1527-13 and is now involved in developing new ASTM environmental assessment standards.

Attention Professional Engineers

If your state has a continuing education requirement for license renewal, ASTM training courses and ASTM membership can help you meet that requirement.

Register Online at the ASTM training course registration page.

If your state has a continuing education requirement for license renewal, ASTM training courses and ASTM membership can help you meet that requirement.


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EPA amends AAI to reference current ASTM Phase I Standard for Forestland and Rural Properties

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Friday, September 15, 2017

Two items were published in the September 15 Federal Register regarding the ASTM E2247 Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Standard for Forestland and Rural Properties. The original direct final rule recognizing the recently revised E2247-16 as acceptable for meeting AAI criteria was withdrawn due to a public comment that expressed concern regarding the September 18, 2017 effective date.  Simultaneously the EPA issued a new direct final rule, changing the effective date to March 14, 2018.  “The extended effective date will give parties using the ASTM E2247-08 standard sufficient time to transition to the new standard ASTM E2247-16,” reads section three of the new rule.  See more from the Federal RegisterJeri Massengill of HIG, co-chair of the E2247 Task Group, welcomes feedback regarding E2247-16. She can be reached at

HIG Hires Director of Business Development

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March 17, 2017 / Minneapolis, MN

HISTORICAL INFORMATION GATHERERS (HIG) is proud to announceRich Townsend and welcome Rich Townsend as the company’s Director of Business Development. Rich will be responsible for sales team leadership and driving revenue, and will also contribute to marketing and business strategy. He will focus on building and strengthening HIG relationships in the West Region of the United States.

“I was attracted by HIG’s mission to be the leader in providing top-quality, cost-effective historical property use information and environmental data,” Rich said. “I intend to apply my sales and marketing skills, and knowledge of the environmental consulting field, to build awareness for HIG on a national level, while driving new business across the markets we serve.”

Rich comes to HIG with over 25 years of successful business development and marketing experience in the environmental consulting and engineering fields. Rich holds a BS in Business Administration/Marketing from the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

David Hodnefield, HIG President, states, “We are very excited to welcome Rich to HIG. Rich believes in building long-lasting client relationships and this aligns perfectly with HIG’s client centric focus.”

Based in Colorado, Rich can be reached at /952-807-7874

Historical Information Gatherers delivers historical property information and environmental data used to assess environmental risk on properties nationwide.

Submitted by:
Marla Smith, Marketing Manager at HIG
952-253-2004 /

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