FWS realty specialists, refuge staff, contaminants biologists, appraisers and all others who will conduct, oversee, review or approve Transaction Screens as part of the land acquisition process. Open to FWS employees/affiliated personnel only.
Summary and Objectives:
This one-week online course is specifically designed for non-environmental professionals to conduct a Transaction Screen for a property using the ASTM Standard Practice E1528-14 for Limited Environmental Due Diligence: Transaction Screen Process. The process involves a site visit, owner and occupant interviews, a search of specific government records, and historical land use inquiries. The course will help attendees understand the purpose of the Transaction Screen, and present a practical approach to obtaining and interpreting records, performing and documenting observations, and conducting interviews that yield relevant information. Attendees will gain valuable insight into the distinctions between the Transaction Screen process and a full Pre-Acquisition Environmental Site Assessment (ASTM E1527-13 and E2247-08); and important decision-making criteria for deciding what level of due diligence is appropriate for a given property, and how to respond to findings. Participants will be expected to watch pre-recorded videos and participate in online group and class discussions. The course will include a multiple-choice final exam on the last day of class. In order to pass this class you will need to receive an 80% or better on the final exam.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Use the E1528 Questionnaire and Guide.
- Properly identify and characterize a property and adjoining land.
- Apply techniques and principles for conducting interviews.
- Find and interpret historical and government records.
- Recognizing the applicability and limitations of the Transaction Screen.
- Identify triggers for consulting a qualified Environmental Professional.
- Identify Environmental issues of concern outside of the scope of E1528.