Recently in California, the Department of Toxic Substances (DTSC) eliminated the Registered Environmental Assessor (REA) license. DTSC recognized that qualifications for performing the federal all appropriate inquires (AAI) are more rigorous than their own REA License. They reached the conclusion that AAI using ASTM Phase I and Phase II standards should be performed by California- licensed PE, PGs, hazardous-removal contractors, and geophysicists.
They didn’t address other qualified environmental professionals. For other environmental professionals, AAI defines the requirements that would apply in California to meet the requirements of a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP). AAI requires one of the following:
- Baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution of higher education in science or engineering and the equivalent of five years of full-time experience
- Equivalent of ten years of full- time relevant experience
- Environmental Professionals to remain current in their fields by participating in continuing education or other activities and be able to demonstrate such efforts.
The Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) certification offered by the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP) meets these requirements and combined with the relevant experience will demonstrate an environmental professional’s qualifications to perform AAI anywhere in the U.S., including California. The requirements obtaining a QEP are detailed at our website. Call us today!
For more information, see: http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/SiteCleanup/Brownfields/upload/AAI_Final_Rules.pdf