At Great American we understand environmental liability and its industry terminology can be highly complex. Let us help you better understand these complexities with our interactive Environmental Glossary & Acronyms List. Simply click the letters below to discover a variety of industry terms!

 

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A

AAI
All Appropriate Inquiry
ABC
Association of Building Contractors
ACM
Asbestos-Containing Material
ACEC
Area of Critical Environmental Concern
ACO
Administrative Consent Order
ADE
Average Daily Exposure
ADJ
Adjacent Site
ADR
Alternative Dispute Resolution
A/E
Architect Engineer
AGC
Association of General Contractors
AHERA
Asbestos Hazards Emergency Response Act
AIU
American International Underwriters
AOC
Area of Concern
AP
Additional Premium
APN
Assessor’s Parcel Number
ASHRAE
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers
AST
Aboveground Storage Tank
ASTM
American Society for Testing and Materials
ATC
Allowable Threshold Concentration
AUL
Activity and Use Limitation

B

BN
Base Neutrals
BECB
Bureau of Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields (DEP)
BER
Business Environmental Risk
BGS
Below Ground Surface
BII
Business Interruption
BOR
Broker of Record
BS&W
Basic Sediment & Water
BTEX
Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene and Xylene

C

CAA
Clean Air Act
CAT
Catastrophic (loss exposure)
CCC
Cleanup Cost Cap
CCIP
Contractor Controlled Insurance Program
CEA
Classification Expectation Area
CERCLA
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
CERCLIS
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Information System
CESQGs
Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity
CERC
Controlled Recognized Environmental Condition
CPL
Contractors Pollution Liability
CSP
Certified Safety Professional
CEP
Critical Exposure Pathways
CEA
Cost and Economic Assessment
COC
Contaminant of Concern
CWA
Clean Water Act

D

DCE
Dichloroethylene
DJ
Declaratory Judgement
DTSC
Department of Toxic Substance Control (California)

E

EA
Environmental Assessment
EAP
Emergency Action Plan
EC
Engineering Controls
EDR
Environmental Data Resources, Inc.
EG
Emergency Generators
EHS
Environmental Health & Safety
EIL
Environmental Impairment Liability
EP
Environmental Professional
EPA
Environmental Protection Agency
ESA
Environmental Site Assessment
ESL
Environmental Screening Levels
ERIS
Environmental Risk Information Services
ERNS
Emergency Response Notification System

F

FCT
Field Constructed Tanks
FFA
Federal Facilities Agreement
FINDS
Facility Index System/ Facility Registry System
FKB
Forms Knowledge Base
FNI
First Name Insured
FNOL
First Notice of Loss (Claims)
FOIAR
Freedom of Information Act Request

G

GC
Gas Chromatography
GPR
Ground-Penetrating Radar
GSA
General Services Administration
GWQS
Groundwater Quality Standards
GW
Ground Water
GWP
Global Warming Potentials

H

HACCP
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point
HAP
Hazardous Air Pollutants
HIS
Hazardous and Solid Waste Incinerators
HREC
Historical Recognize Environmental Condition
HRS
Hazard Ranking System
HASP
Health and Safety Plan
HSCA
Hazardous Substances Control Act
HUD
Department of Housing & Urban Development- Federal Agency
HVAC
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
HWS
Hazardous Waste Site

I

IC
Institutional Controls

L

LBP
Lead-Based Paint
LDR
Land Disposal Restrictions
LRA
Limited Removal Action
LUST
Leaking Underground Storage Tank
LSRP
Licensed Site Remediation Professional

M

MCL
Maximum Contaminant Level
MTBE
Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether

N

ND
None Detected
NFA
No Further Action
NFRAP
No Further Remedial Action Planned
NLR
No Longer Reporting
NOV
Notice of Violation
NPL
National Priority List

O

OCP
Oil Control Program
OEC
Other Environmental Considerations
O&M
Operations and Maintenance
OSHA
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

P

PCA
Principal Component Analysis
PCB
Polychlorinated Biphenyls
PERC
Perchloroethylene
Phase 1
Site assessment prepared for a real estate holding that identifies potential or existing environmental contamination liabilities
PLL
Pollution Legal Liability
PRP
Potentially Responsible Party

R

RAP
Remedial Action Plan
RAO
Response Action Outcome
RCRA
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
REC
Recognized Environmental Condition
RP
Responsible Party
RAR
Relevant and Appropriate Requirement

S

SDS
Safety Data Sheet
SEMS
Superfund Enterprise Management System
SF
Square Footage/Square Feet
SFO
Servicing Finance Office
SIR
Self-Insured Retention
SP
Subject Property
SPDES
State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
SQG
Small Quantity Generator
STIP
Steel Tank Internal Protection
STR
Suspicious Transaction Report
SVE
Soil Vapor Extraction
SVOC
Semi-Volatile Organic Compound
SWIF
Solid Waste Landfill
SWMUs
Solid Waste Management Units
SWPPP
Storm Water Pollution Protection Program

T

TC
Tier Classification
TCE
Trichloroethylene
TPH
Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons
TPHd
Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (diesel range)
TPHg
Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (gasoline range)
TPHo
Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (oil range)
TRPH
Total Recoverable Petroleum Hydrocarbons
TRIA
Terrorism Risk Insurance Act
TSDF
Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility

U

UAS
Underwriting Audit System (self-audit)
UCL
Upper Concentration Limit
UEPR
Unearned Premium Reserve
UIC
Underground Injection Control
UL
Umbrella Liability
UNEP
United Nations Environment Program
USDA
United States Department of Agriculture
USGS
United States Geological Survey
UST
Underground Storage Tank

V

VAT
Vinyl Asbestos Tile
VCP
Voluntary Cleanup Program
VI
Vapor Intrusion
VEC
Vapor Encroachment Condition
VOC
Volatile Organic Compound

W

WAL
Weighted Average Life
WC
Workers Compensation
WIMP
Water Intrusion Mold Plan
WWTP
Waste Water Treatment Plant

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