What is involved with a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment?
A Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), sometimes referred to as a property transfer audit, is conducted to identify and assess the existing environmental conditions of a property to discover any issues that may affect the asset value or future use of the property.
The assessment process may include:
- a review of records of the property and facility including historical and title search, air photo analysis, interviews with current and previous owners and a review of government and industry databases.
- site inspections to provide a direct review of the current state of the property. The site is characterized to ascertain the presence of any environmental hazards, including soil, air and water qualities with particular concern for contamination.
Phase 1 ESAs are performed in accordance with CSA Z768-01.
Why does your company need Phase 1 ESAs?
Requests for environmental site assessments are becoming common place in property transfers as concern about site contamination increases.
- It is in the best interest of all stakeholders to conduct a comprehensive audit.
- Owners are concerned about their liability being extended beyond the term of their ownership.
- Buyers are concerned about the possibility of assumed liability.
- Financial institutions are concerned about granting loans for potentially contaminated sites.
All parties benefit from the knowledge obtained through conducting a Phase 1 ESA.
How can EnviroSearch help you?
EnviroSearch effectively and affordably provides the services necessary for you to make informed decisions by following a phased approach to site inspections.
- Phase 1 involves initial site screening to detect any obvious contamination or suspicion thereof. This involves non-invasive technology which does not disrupt the ongoing practices on the site and provides a basis for further assessments, if required.
- A Phase 2 ESA is initiated to confirm or refute the presence of contamination and may include the determination of contaminant concentration and areal extent. This involves sampling and other techniques to determine the severity of contamination.
- This approach tailors the level of work to the severity of the problem.
- Our professional staff advises clients of all findings and recommendations throughout the assessment process and will recommend any follow up remediation work, if required. EnviroSearch has the resources to carry out on-site remediation services.
EnviroSearch will assist your company by providing results in a timely and cost effective manner.