Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Requirements For SBA Environmental Assessment In 2018

On October 13, 2017, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released a revision to its Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 50 10 5(J), Lender and Development Company Loan Programs. This revision made several amendments to the SBA environmental policies which became effective on January 1, 2018.

Some of the key changes are:
Appendix 2 – Definitions – SBA has updated the following definitions:
  • Environmental Questionnaire,
  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I ESA),
  • Records Search with Risk Assessment,
  • Reliance Letter, and
  • SBA Environmental Indemnification Agreement.
Appendix 3 – Reliance Letter - SBA has revised the language in the Reliance Letter to conform to the updates to the environmental policies made in Subparts B and C.

Appendix 4 – NAICS Codes of Environmentally Sensitive Industries
1. Updated the following NAICS codes: 316 – Leather & Allied Product Manufacturing, 326 – Plastics & Rubber Products Manufacturing, 332 – Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing, 8122 – Death Care Services, and 56171 – Exterminating & Pest Control.

2. Added the following NAICS Codes: 484 - Trucking (if service bays, truck washing, or fuel tanks present and 713990 Other Recreational Industries (indoor and outdoor shooting ranges only).

Appendix 5 – Requirements Pertaining to Gas Station Loans – SBA updated this appendix for clarity.