ESA Phase I
The purpose of a Phase I ESA (Environmental Site Assessment) is to identify and assess characteristics of sites that are of environmental concern. Environmental concerns include aspects that could lead to liability in the event of ownership, that have a potential to significantly impact property value, and that could impact the present or future use of the site. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment typically involves the following steps:
- Historical/Records Review – obtain and review aerial photographs, City Directories, and standard reference maps that will help identify recognized environmental conditions in connection with both past and present use of the property.
- Site Reconnaissance – an examination of the property for visible indicators of potential environmental conditions.
- Individual Interviews – interviews with individuals familiar with the site and adjacent properties to provide information regarding the condition and uses of the property.
- Agency Record Searches – thorough review of government agency archives for environmental permits and regulatory action on both the site and adjacent properties.
- Report – comprehensive documentation of acquired information, sources, conclusions and recommendations based on ASTM 1527-13 format for Phase I ESA’s.
- Client Meeting – a face-to-face meeting to discuss and clarify key project findings and recommendations.
When the findings of the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment suggest potential environmental contamination on the property, a Phase II ESA is frequently recommended.
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