On April 16, 2014, HUD announced using the new standards for Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments (“Phase 1”) in the National Register. The effective date of the use of this Standard is today. This affects FHA condo approvals for new and under construction projects from this point forward.
Previously, HUD utilized the ASTM E 1527-05 Standard Practice for Environmental Assessments: Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment Process. Because a new Standard was released, HUD announced that it would be adopting the new standard, ASTM E 1527-13, as of May 16, 2014.
HUD’s environmental regulations require that all properties for use in HUD programs be free of contamination and hazardous materials. Therefore, a Phase 1 must be acquired to verify that no contamination exists.
This affects condominium projects because all New and Under Construction condominium approval packages must contain a Phase 1. Existing (>12 months), Conversions and Gut- and Non-Gut Rehabs are not required to provide a Phase 1.
Because the requirement to submit a Phase 1 for Construction project approvals under the new Standard is effecitve today, any Phase 1 ESA conducted on or after this date must utilize the new Standard (ASTM E 1527-13).
However, if the Phase 1 was conducted on or prior to 5/15/14, the previous Standard (ASTM E 1527-05) may be submitted.
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