Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

The purpose of a Phase-I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I ESA) is to gather sufficient information to develop an independent professional opinion, about the environmental condition of the property and to identify actual or potential environmental contamination, which may impact the property value or effect claim to an “innocent land owner” exemption following acquisition.

GeoSoul Consulting team review the site records and perform a site visit for the inspection. We conduct interviews with owners, occupants, neighbors and local government officials.

GeoSoul Consulting performs a complete comprehensive Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) in accordance with the (1) United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries {(AAI), 40 CFR Part 312} and (2) guidelines established by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) in the Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase-I Environmental Site Assessment Process / Designation E1527-13 (ASTM Standard Practice E1527-13): Phase-I Environmental Site Assessment may be used for real estate transactions, property development, bank financing, re-financing, foreclosures, and other in-house proactive audit programs.

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Phase II Environmental Site Assessment

GeoSoul Consulting performs the Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (Phase II ESA) using the methodology in ASTM E1903 Standard Guide for Phase II Environmental Site Assessments. The purpose of a Phase II ESA is to conduct an investigation into known releases or a possible release to identify impacts to soil or water at the property for legal or business reasons. The Phase II is usually conducted when a Recognized Environmental Condition (REC) is identified during the Phase I Assessment. The Phase II Environmental Assessment can consist of collecting soil samples, surface water or groundwater samples to screen for chemical or metal contamination. This sampling can be conducted by hand auger, drill rig, direct push, depending on site-specific conditions. This testing is conducted when there is a potential for an environmental liability that can affect the value of a property.

The Phase II ESA must be conducted when a Recognized Environmental Condition (REC) is identified during the Phase I ESA. The Phase-II ESA usually includes sampling and laboratory analysis to confirm the presence of hazardous materials.

Some of the tests may be performed;

  • Surficial soil, monitoring wells, and other water sampling
  • Sampling of dry wells, floor drains and catch basins
  • Subsurface soil borings.
  • Groundwater monitoring well installation, sampling, and analysis.
  • Transformer/capacitor sampling for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs).
  • Geophysical testing for buried tanks and drums.
  • Asbestos, Lead, Radon, Mold, and other regulated material & component assessments and remediation.