Phase I Environmental Site Assessment for Woodland Community Land Trust

In Campbell County, Tennessee, there is a 40.1-acre property that has records dating back to approximately 1891. The Woodland Community Land Trust was used for strip mining and deep coal mining back in the 1970s before mining was ceased in 1978. The Woodland Community Land Trust is the second-oldest community land trust in the United States.

The far northern and southern potions of the subject property are currently and have historically been undeveloped or vacant land. In 1951, an area in the southern portion of the property was converted in a cemetery. After mining was ceased, the land stayed vacant until 1996 when construction on five residential structures started to develop.

Between 1996 and 2003, all five residential structures were developed on the subject property in the area of the former surface mining operations. Two of the structures were burned and demolished while the land has continued to host the residential properties, vacant land, and cemetery.

PM Environmental conducted a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) on the mostly vacant land along with the three residential structures currently in use. Contamination concerns associated with strip mining activities typically include runoff streams and acids which may be released from sulfur rocks.

Other concerns of strip mining include the release of heavy metals which may remail at the site at levels higher than background conditions. No other RECs were found during the Phase I assessment. In 2018, a field hydroponic growing system was installed on a portion of the land. It is used for production of several crops with the goal to become a competitive producer in the Appalachian region.

The Phase I ESA conducted by PM Environmental was thanks in large part to the 2.45 million awarded in United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants in May of 2022. The $450,000 grant in the region is used to conduct 12 Phase I and eight Phase II ESAs around the region most notably known for coal mining operations.


Project Details

United States

Client Name


Related Projects

The Dream of Korea Town

You’ve probably heard of Greektown and Mexican Town, Detroit, but have you heard of Korea Town, Southfield? You probably haven’t, and with good reason. It doesn’t exist yet. It is currently a plan in the mind of Mr. Yong Yi of SLT Holdings, LLC. This plan is being realized quickly, however. “Phase 2” of Korea…

The Foundations of New Seoul Market

Located north of the I-696 corridor, west of Telegraph Road in Southfield, Michigan stands a charming Korean plaza. New Seoul Plaza is home to DAEBAK Korean Barbeque and Myomee Coffee & Dessert Café. The success of these restaurants has created over 75 new local jobs as well as a steady demand for a high-end grocery…

Emergency Response & Remediation, Fort Payne, Alabama

Immediate action was required when petroleum released into a stream in Fort Payne, Alabama this past spring. PM Environmental discovered the active, on-going petroleum release while stopping by the facility on the way to another project site. Due to the quick thinking and situational awareness of PM staff, the release was responded to within minutes…