Catalyst Environmental Consulting, Inc. is an environmental consulting firm serving Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and southeastern New York State since 1994.
Catalyst takes a strongly business-oriented approach to environmental consultation. Our personnel have solid scientific backgrounds, are well versed in state and federal environmental regulations, and have significant real estate and general business experience. This combination of business understanding and technical expertise enables us to communicate information to our clients in a comprehensive manner.
Catalyst specializes in Site Assessment, Property Transfer Consulting, Site Remediation, and Insurance Claim Review. Most of our services are centered upon the real estate and financial markets. We pride ourselves on offering a top quality product, rapid turnaround time, and highly personalized service at extremely competitive prices.
Historic Aerial Photograph of Simsbury, CT
Transfer Act Sites
Catalyst produces high-quality, accurate Environmental Site Assessments (ESA).
All of our report formats can be customized to meet a given client's needs and/or specifications.
PHASE I ESA
A Phase I ESA is a research investigation into the current and historic usage of a property. It identifies whether potential sources of contamination exist and which of these Areas of Concern (AOCs) may require additional investigation.
Catalyst's Phase I ESAs conform to industry standard ASTM 1527-13 and AAI specifications, but can also include additional tasks as needed on a state-specific basis (e.g., "Establishment" status of Connecticut properties).
Some properties do not require the level of investigation that a Phase I ESA provides. In these cases, a Transaction Screen may be the appropriate investigation into the site's current and historic usage.
Catalyst's Transaction Site Screening conforms to the ASTM 1528-14 specifications. In the event that a full Phase I is indicated by the findings of the Transaction Screen, Catalyst will credit the full cost of the ASTM screening toward a Phase I ESA, provided that the Phase I is ordered within 90 days of the completion of the screening.
PHASE II and PHASE III ESAs
When a Phase I ESA or Transaction Screen identifies potential sources of contamination, further investigation may be necessary. A Phase II ESA investigates whether there has been a release of contaminants to the environment, most often through the collection and analysis of soil and/or groundwater samples.
If the Phase II identifies contamination, the extent and degree is investigated via a Phase III ESA.
Catalyst's subsurface ESAs are conducted using industry standard techniques. When subcontractors are required, Catalyst uses only licensed and insured vendors for all subsurface drilling, boring, excavating, and monitoring well installation procedures. We require that all subcontractor employees be OSHA 40-hour certified and have proper personal protective equipment. Analytical work is performed by licensed and insured laboratories, and conforms to the Connecticut Reasonable Confidence Protocols.
Lead Paint and Asbestos Surveys
Catalyst uses only licensed and insured vendors for lead paint and asbestos surveys. Several levels of service, from lead paint screenings and suspect asbestos-containing materials inventories, to full abatement and management plans are available depending upon the needs of the client.
We also perform an ESA with a Scope of Work appropriate for the transfer of residential properties. Options available with a residential ESA include: asbestos, lead paint, radon, drinking water potability, volatile organics, metals and other compounds in drinking water.
Other Site Assessment Services
In certain cases, additional services may need to be added to an ESA so that an informed business decision can be made. Some of these services that Catalyst provides are: geophysical testing such as Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Magnetometer Surveys, soil gas surveys, and Underground Storage Tank (UST) testing. These services are performed either in-house or by licensed (if applicable) and insured subcontractors.
When outside vendors and subcontractors are used, a representative from Catalyst will be present on-site during all work to provide oversight.
Oversight + Closure
Soil + Groundwater
Sampling + Monitoring
+ Institutional Controls
Catalyst designs and manages both simple and complex remedial projects, in which a variety of tools are used to the best advantage for the problem at hand. We have expertise in all aspects of site remediation:
- Ex-situ treatment: Excavation and off-site disposal or treatment provides a high degree of certainty that contamination has been mitigated;
- On-site reuse: In certain scenarios, contaminated media can remain on-site, but isolated from direct and indirect exposure pathways;
- In-situ treatment: In cases where excavation is not cost-effective, or on-site re-use is not appropriate, treatment options including soil vapor extraction, air sparging, chemical oxidation, enhanced bioremediation, and monitored natural attenuation are available
- Institutional controls, such as Environmental Land Use Restrictions, can be used to render contaminated media inaccessible or environmentally isolated.
For remediation projects, Catalyst prepares the Scope of Work or Remedial Action Plan, obtain bids from licensed and insured subcontractors, coordinate and supervise the subcontractors, and manage each project through final closure. In this way, the client benefits from competitive pricing, cost control, and reliable quality control.
Our reports provide the quality documentation necessary for use in financing or submission to regulatory agencies.
Federal and State environmental legislation has introduced additional complexity to the buying and selling of real estate, placing enormous potential liabilities on both sellers and purchasers of environmentally impacted property. In Connecticut, the "Transfer Act" (Conn. Gen. Stat. 22a-134a) was enacted to 1985 to ensure that certain properties, referred to as "Establishments," are properly assessed when specific types of ownership transfers occur.
"Establishments" are dry cleaners, autobody shops, or furniture strippers that operated after May 1, 1967, or any other business that has generated more than 100kg (22 lbs.) of hazardous waste in one month.
While the intent of the Transfer Act is in the public interest, its impact on the real estate business has been significant. Assessment costs under the Transfer Act are substantial, even in cases where there has been no spill or release of any contaminants.
LICENSED ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS (LEP)
In 1995, the CT DEEP established the Licensed Envirommental Professional (LEP) regulations with the intent of delegating oversight of all but the most contaminated sites to the private sector. To ensure that these contaminated sites continued to be assessed and remediated to a high standard, CT DEEP set rigorous eligibility criteria for LEPs. Work product generated by an LEP carries more weight. Catalyst has two LEPs on staff.
EXPERT CONSULTING SERVICES
INSURANCE CLAIM REVIEW
Catalyst conducts technical and financial reviews for insurers, reinsurers, and legal counsel of ongoing remediation projects taking place throughout the U.S. The ultimate goal is invariably to reduce or defer the client's costs and exposure by identifying remediation inefficienies, waste, and costs not covered under policy terms.
Services provided by Catalyst include:
- site visits to project locations
- review of technical documents, including data and work plans,
- review of correspondence and submissions to regulatory agencies
- interface with the client, insurer, opposing environmental consultant, and the insured.
Catalyst provides expert opinion services. We conduct technical and financial reviews of ongoing remediation projects resulting from oil and chemical spills for legal counsel, insurers and reinsurers. The ultimate goal is invariably to reduce or defer the client's costs and exposure.
Catalyst conducts technical and financial reviews of ongoing remediation projects resulting from oil and chemical spills for legal counsel, insurers and reinsurers. The ultimate goal is invariably to reduce or defer the client's costs and exposure. Activities include site visits, review of technical documents, including data and work plans, review of correspondence and submissions to regulatory agencies, interface with the client, insurer, opposing environmental consultant, and the insured.
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Catalyst Environmental Consulting, Inc.
7B Herman Drive
Phone: (860) 651-6900
Fax: (860) 651-6902
Or, specific employees using:
President: Mark A. Gottlieb, LEP
Vice President: Andrew W. Schott, LEP
Senior Envirommental Scientist: Peter J. Prey
Adminstrative Assistant: Sarah H. McKenzie