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Phase 1 Environmental consulting


Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment

Starting at $1,650

Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment Process

Database Review ⬇️

We access regulated databases at Federal, State, County, and Municipal levels within a one-mile radius of your property. We examine these records to ascertain if your property, neighboring properties, or surrounding properties are subject to regulation or have experienced known or suspected environmental releases.

City Directories ⬇️

City Directories, akin to crisscross phone books organized by street name, are combed through to identify environmentally sensitive businesses that may have operated on your property or neighboring properties. This includes establishments like dry-cleaners, plating facilities, and gas stations.

Sandborn Review ⬇️

Detailed drawings of urban areas known as Fire Insurance Maps are consulted for environmental data such as occupant information, underground storage tank locations, and the presence of chemicals. These maps are scrutinized, if available, to uncover potential environmental concerns.

Historical Photos ⬇️

Aerial photographs dating back to 1938 for most regions offer insights into the historical use of properties. By closely examining these historic aerials, we can track changes in property use over time, such as transitions from agricultural to residential or commercial/industrial purposes.

Interview Survey ⬇️

We conduct interviews with past and present property owners, key site managers, occupants, and government officials to gather information about the property’s history.

OPRA or FOIA ⬇️

Additionally, we submit OPRA requests to local, state, and federal agencies to obtain relevant data. This information is used to clarify or scrutinize specific aspects of the property.

Site Reconaissance ⬇️

An Environmental Professional, trained to identify environmental issues, conducts a thorough walkthrough of your property. This on-site inspection, typically lasting about an hour depending on size, involves extensive documentation through photography. Any emerging questions are promptly addressed to ensure comprehensive understanding.

Delivered Report ⬇️

An Environmental Professional, trained to identify environmental issues, conducts a thorough walkthrough of your property. This on-site inspection, typically lasting about an hour depending on size, involves extensive documentation through photography. Any emerging questions are promptly addressed to ensure comprehensive understanding.

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FAQ & Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment Details

A Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is an exhaustive examination aimed at evaluating historical, present, and potential environmental risks linked with a commercial property. Typically initiated during a change in ownership, these assessments are sought by buyers, sellers, or lending entities to safeguard the property's value as collateral for loans by identifying and addressing environmental concerns. Failure to address such issues could lead to significant costs and potentially devalue the property. Lenders are cautious about financing properties with environmental liabilities as they risk inheriting these liabilities in case of foreclosure, which could impede resale opportunities.

In the absence of a Phase 1 ESA, the new owner bears the responsibility for any environmental impacts associated with the property. Lenders, cautious about acquiring properties with undisclosed environmental risks, frequently mandate a Phase 1 ESA before foreclosing on commercial properties.

Database Investigation:
The Phase 1 ESA commences with an extensive search of federal, state, county, and municipal databases to pinpoint businesses within a one-mile radius of the property that have dealt with or transported hazardous materials. This entails identifying leaking underground storage tanks and monitoring ongoing environmental cases involving neighboring properties.

Phase 1 Examination: City Directories
City Directories serve as archives of businesses historically occupying a property, tracing back to the advent of telephone directories. Particular attention is directed towards businesses such as dry cleaners, plating facilities, and gas stations, known for their historical use of hazardous chemicals. The presence of these chemicals or residual tanks poses potential risks to individuals on the property.

Phase 1 Inquiry: Sanborn Maps
Sanborn Maps provide insights into the historical usage of urban sites, dating back to the late 1800s. These maps often unveil the locations of underground tanks and the types of chemicals stored, aiding in the identification of potential environmental concerns.

Historical Imagery
Historical photographs, routinely captured by cities and counties, offer valuable insights into past land usage. Even apparently vacant parcels may reveal previous industrial activities and associated environmental contamination through these photographs.

Phase 1 On-site Examination
An on-site visit enables a firsthand assessment of potential environmental issues. Experienced inspectors meticulously document findings, including concealed underground storage tanks, ensuring comprehensive coverage.

Role of EPA:
Despite misconceptions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not directly engage in Phase 1 ESAs, although the similarity in names and industries might cause confusion.

Actual Testing
Standard Phase 1 ESAs do not entail soil testing or laboratory analysis; they are non-invasive inspections. If a Recognized Environmental Concern (REC) is identified, the project may progress to a Phase 2 ESA, which typically involves soil testing.

Phase 1 ASTM Standard 21
April 2024 marked the inception of the utilization of standard 21 of the ASTM E 1527. The final stage entails delivering a comprehensive report complying with the ASTM E1527-21 standard, accepted by lending entities and regulatory bodies. These reports, often detailed, include an executive summary for quick reference and may reveal RECs necessitating further investigation through a Phase 2 ESA.

Phase 1 Costs
The standard cost for a Phase 1 ESA is typically $1650, with a turnaround time of 5 days. Rush orders are available for expedited service
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