Phase II Soil Borings

May 16th, 2018

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Spotlight: Soil Conditions

Vent stack and fill port for a former fuel oil tank where the building has been converted to natural gas for its heat.

During the course of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ASTM E1527-13), Gabriel attempts to document soil conditions through visual observations, regulatory database review, and historic document review.

Visual observations may include:

  • Above-ground storage tanks
  • Evidence of underground storage tanks (eg: vent stacks or fill ports)
  • Drums
  • Staining or corrosion
  • Stressed vegetation
  • Pools of liquid
  • Hazardous materials
  • Wells
  • Septic systems or cesspools
  • Geological/topographical observations

Regulatory database and historic document review may include:

  • Underground Storage Tank (UST) installation or removal records
  • Leaking USTs
  • Past uses of property
  • Records of hazardous materials usage and/or violations
  • Environmental remediation/clean up
  • Fire insurance maps

If a Recognized Environmental Condition (REC) impacting the site’s soil is discovered either through visual observation or a review of regulatory databases or historic documents during a Phase I, Gabriel may recommend soil borings to investigate if there is analytical data showing hazardous substances or petroleum products in, on, or at the property.

Contact Natalie Neuman, Group Leader Assessment Services, at nneuman[at]gabenv.com or 773-486-2123 with any questions about how Gabriel assesses soil conditions during a Phase I.

January 17th, 2018

New SBA Environmental Regulations in Effect

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has updated its environmental requirements for the 7(a) and 504 loan programs effective January 1, 2018.  SBA’s SOP 20 10 5 (J) includes a tiered approach for its environmental review process, depending on the use of the site and loan amount.

Most of these requirements are familiar to those who have been involved with SBA lending the last several years, but there are a few changes to note:

  • SBA now specifies that the ‘Records Search with Risk Assessment’ (RSRA) must include historical records back to the property’s first developed use, or back to 1940, whichever is earlier. Previously, SBA did not specify a year for its historic research requirements but left it up to the Environmental Professional’s discretion.  In addition, this RSRA must include all supporting documentation.
  • All dry cleaners currently in operation at the site require a Phase II Environmental Site Investigation.  Previously, the Phase II was only mandatory if a dry cleaner had been in operation at the property at least 5 years.
  • SBA specifies that vapor intrusion must now be addressed for dry cleaners, in additional to soil and groundwater contamination.
  • Environmental Professionals must review tank and equipment testing compliance documentation for all gas stations and include this documentation in the Phase I ESA appendices.
  • SBA added new NAICS codes to its list of “environmentally sensitive industries.”

Gabriel is pleased to be a trusted partner for SBA lenders.  Our environmental reports will meet all new requirements in January 2018.  If you have any questions about our SBA-compliant reports, contact Natalie Neuman, Group Leader Assessment Services, at nneuman[at]gabenv.com or 773-486-2123.

June 2nd, 2016

EPA Awards Chicago $400,000 Brownfields Grant

EPA announced the City of Chicago has been awarded $400,000 toepa_logo2 assess contamination from hazardous substances and petroleum products on brownfield sites in the Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods.  This grant will be used to inventory sites, conduct six Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Phase II Environmental Site Investigations, and prepare three cleanup plans.

A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

More information about the Brownfields Grant program can be found on the EPA’s website.  Specific information about the Chicago grant is available from the City of Chicago (312-744-3639).

March 2nd, 2016

Join Gabriel at the upcoming Commercial Deal Makers Forum

Gabriel’s Executive Vice President Steve Sawyer will be a featured MORe-logopanelist at the upcoming Commercial Deal Maker’s Forum sponsored by Mainstreet Organization of Realtors.

Join Gabriel for an informative commercial networking and interactive round table event.  Topics include:

  • Environmental Concerns – Steve Sawyer, CHMM – Gabriel Environmental Services
  • Property Management – John LeTourneau, Coldwell Banker
  • Branding Yourself on Social Media – Brian Palm, Palm Real Estate Ventures
  • Due Diligence – Thomas Jaros, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC
  • SBA for Commercial Lending – Wells Fargo
  • Legislative Environmental of Illinois – Erik Breila, Illinois Department of Commerce


Monday, March 21, 2016

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Harry Caray’s Lombard

70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL

$35, includes cocktails and heavy appetizers


Additional information and registration available at the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors event page.

May 4th, 2015

Gabriel is considering launching a webinar series. We need your feedback.

webinar clipartDue to the popularity of our ongoing seminar series, Gabriel is considering launching a webinar series on various environmental issues.  We understand that not everyone can easily join us in person at our Chicago headquarters.

Would you be interested in attending free webinars hosted by Gabriel?  We welcome your opinions in the quick 7 question survey below:


Thank you for your feedback. We will keep you posted on topics and dates for upcoming webinars, depending on results of the survey.

Survey will close May 8th, 2015.

March 24th, 2015

DIGGER and JULIE Featured at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Chicago Flower and Garden Show 2015

DIGGER, JULIE, and various natural gas companies teamed up to sponsor an exhibit at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show this year to highlight the importance of calling either DIGGER (in Chicago) or JULIE (in the suburbs) before starting any subsurface work.

Gardeners need to get their utilities marked prior to digging for new trees, plants, or other large landscaping elements.  Gabriel needs to get utilities marked before performing soil borings or removing underground storage tanks (USTs) and/or contaminated soil.

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Gabriel highlighted the importance of calling JULIE/DIGGER in an earlier blog post: “Who is JULIE?  And why do you call her before you dig?

February 25th, 2015

Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) Overview Course

Gabriel is pleased to sponsor the upcoming Certified Hazardous Materials IHMM logoManager (CHMM) Overview Course at DePaul University.

This course provides a thorough overview of the major topics and concerns in hazardous materials management.  Completion of this course will enable attendees to take the CHMM exam, satisfy training requirements, enhance their competence in the profession, and get updated information.

This three-day course will be taught by approximately 25 hazardous materials management professionals who will cover the following topics:

  • Hazardous Waste Treatment Technologies
  • Environmental Law & Regulation Overview, including Liability and Compliance
  • Industrial Toxicology
  • Chemistry of Hazardous Materials, Proper Laboratory Practice and Data Validation
  • RCRA
  • RCRA Corrective Action
  • Hazardous Waste Storage
  • Storm Water & Oil Pollution Prevention Act
  • Management of Underground Storage Tanks
  • Clean Water Act (CWA) & Safe Drinking Water Act
  • National Contingency Plan/Worker Right-to-Know
  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
  • OSHA Requirements Pertaining to Hazardous Materials Management
  • Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)
  • Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA) and Hazardous Waste Transportation
  • The Clean Air Act (CAA) and 1990 Amendments
  • Radiation Principles
  • Facility Environmental Audits and Environmental Site Assessments
  • Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention
  • Superfund:  The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) with 1986 Amendments (SARA)
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act of 1986 (EPCRA)
  • Environmental Management Principles & ISO 14000
  • NEPA
  • Incident Response
  • Hazardous Waste Treatment Storage and Disposal
  • Oral Sample Examination


Comprehensive 3-Day Overview Course
March 25 – 27, 2015
8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2015

Cost for course $595

Groups of three or more from the same organization receive a 10% discount.  Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) attendees for recertification receive a 25% discount.

DePaul University
McGowan South Room 401
1110 W. Belden Ave.
Chicago, IL  60614

Offered by:
DePaul University
Department of Environmental Science and Studies
in cooperation with the Chicago Chapter of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals
Gabriel Environmental Services


For registration and other information, visit margaretworkman.weebly.com/chmm-course-information


For Further Information:
Margaret Workman
DePaul University

(773) 325-7445

Course Content
Steven Sawyer, CHMM
Gabriel Environmental Services

(773) 486-2123

Institute of Hazardous Materials Management

(301) 984-8969


October 8th, 2014

Introducing Gabriel’s new soil boring rig – Geoprobe 7822DT

Welcome the newest rig to Gabriel’s soil boring family – our new Geoprobe 7822DT:

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Our new rig will enable us to complete soil borings more quickly and in smaller spaces.  Contact John Polich (jpolich[at]gabenv.com) for a quote on your next soil boring job to see our new rig in action.

October 2nd, 2014

Who is JULIE? And why do you call her before you dig?


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JULIE (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators) is Illinois’ free one-call message handling and delivery service committed to protecting underground utilities and the safety of people working or living near them.  Any excavator or contractor who is digging as part of their job must call JULIE at least 48 hours (two working days) before the job is scheduled to begin.  Even homeowners who are planting new trees or shrubs must call JULIE before digging.

Gabriel uses JULIE’s services before every soil boring job, UST removal, and soil excavation.  After we call in the site address for the job, a representative from each utility company in the area will visit the site within 48 hours to mark all of their utility lines with paint and/or flags.  Each JULIE request is then valid for 14 days.  Gabriel then knows which areas to avoid with our soil borings or excavation.

JULIE is only responsible for marking public utilities, so occasionally Gabriel must hire a private locator company for sites with complicated private underground utilities (such as an active gas station with many product lines or a large industrial site).

So if you see the following paint and/or flags on a property, you know that JULIE has recently been to the site:


Within the City of Chicago, DIGGER handles these underground marking requests.