The tension is building. The pressure is on. The ball team gathers at the pitcher’s mound to discuss clutch strategy. If you find yourself upon a mound, take a note from the ball diamond defense. If you do not know what is under the mound, find out. Stop the operations. Huddle the team. Get a plan.
Mountain out of Mole Hill
Mounds are artificial hills, seemingly random against the landscape. Mounds can be harmless piles of dirt, compiled from an offsite development. They can also be historically sensitive burial grounds. Do not proceed with purchase or operations involving the mound until further review. This activity now requires a permit and approval. See your local or state historical society for information. And if you are really unlucky, mounds can be covered piles of waste from a bygone factory, read: hazardous material. We simply cannot make this up. So who has the liability of said mound? The material generator? Nope. The prior owner? Wrong. If you guessed the owner, you are correct. Owner as in the current owner. At best this waste is a pollutant or contamination. At worst, it is leaching toxic compounds into the groundwater and onto the neighbor’s property or waterway.
Do not proceed with purchase or operations involving a mound unless you are confident of what (or who) is buried there. Hopefully nothing but dirt. Though if you do not know, ask a city official with access to historical records or knowledge. Try the state agencies if necessary. If all else fails, try an environmental engineer who can decipher historical occupancy records. Up until modern regulations, guess where waste went? In. the. GROUND. Yup. Quite commonly, too. Want to know another red flag? Beware of any property whose value is SIGNIFICANTLY lower than other comparable properties. Contact PE2 to huddle up with you on the mound.