CERCLA/NEPA Compliance, Navajo HIS

New Mexico

The Navajo Area Indian Health Service (NAIHS) is in the process of transferring property to the Navajo Nation and is required to comply with several Federal regulations, including the CERCLA Phase I ESA and NEPA. Kennedy/Jenks was retained as a subconsultant to perform the CERCLA Phase I ESA and Transaction Screen Documentation for a total of six abandoned and occupied medical facilities in Arizona.

Our work was conducted in accordance with ASTM E1527-05 (Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and Transaction Screen Process) and EPA’s All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI). These two standards (ASTM and AAI) were used during the site assessment process to ensure compliance with all statutory requirements under CERCLA. Project activities included records review; site visits; interviews with local, state, and federal agencies; public file reviews; and remedial planning for mitigation of hazardous materials issues. Close communication and coordination with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) resulted in a smooth approval process for the property transfer.