Phase 1 and phase 2 environmental site assessments

Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments

When your organization is buying or selling property, considering an asset or business purchase, or refinancing, there are a lot of factors that play into the decision making process. If you’re like most companies, you are facing time constraints, varying internal experience levels, lender requirements, and working within your organizational risk tolerance.

Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

Once you have decided to buy or sell a physical property or business asset, you want to maximize its value and minimize your risk. If you are financing the purchase, your lender will want to know that there aren’t any current or likely future liabilities that will put their investment at risk. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I) is one way to begin assessing a property for risk from toxic contaminants.

A completed Phase I, as defined by the ASTM E1527 Phase I ESA Standard, is intended to allow a user to satisfy one of the requirements to qualify for ”landowner liability protections” as defense from Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) liability for cleanup of an environmental release. The standard is rigorous and needs to be followed and documented in detail by an Environmental Professional to provide a valid assessment and legal defense if necessary.

Our deep experience allows us to craft Phase I ESA solutions that span a broad range of transaction types, property uses, environmental conditions, information formats and stakeholder groups.

Antea Group Phase I experience includes:

  • Multi-site portfolios including international sites and mixed portfolios

  • International work performed by in-country local resources from our Inogen Network

  • Assessment of business and construction project risk

  • Providing solutions to problematic findings (RECs, Data Gaps)

  • Alternative due diligence processes and presentation of findings

  • Data room research, information summary, categorizing and ranking

  • Use of web-based tools and delivery platforms

  • Transportation corridor assessments (highway and railroad)

Other services we often pair with a Phase I to address other environmental and business risks:

  • Limited Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) program and compliance review
  • Presence and standing of permits to operate
  • Baseline assessment of previous environmental contamination
  • Visual inspections for potential asbestos-containing materials and lead-based paint
  • Identification of nearby wetland areas, flood zones, geologic faults and oil wells
  • Materiality estimates of identified conditions
  • Evaluation of insurance or state LUST funds to fund identified release liability
  • Pre-demolition hazardous materials building survey

Phase II Environmental Site Assessment

Findings of recognized environmental conditions and data gaps noted in the Phase I are usually further evaluated during a Phase II ESA to verify or clarify the nature and extent of environmental risk. Antea Group’s US team and worldwide associates have broad and deep experience with most means of intrusive sampling and data evaluation necessary to provide answers. Our industry leading probabilistic cost modeling tools enable us to provide sound, defensible data relating to the financial implications of identified environmental liabilities.

Our Phase II ESA activities include:

  • Soil and Groundwater Investigations

  • Soil Vapor Encroachment and Vapor Intrusion Assessments

  • Indoor Air Quality Sampling

  • Asbestos Surveys

  • Comprehensive Pre Demolition Hazardous Materials Building Survey

  • Radon Surveys

  • Reporting and Analytical Data Evaluations

  • Sensitive Receptor Surveys

  • Probabilistic Cost Modeling of Environmental Liability 

For more information on phase I/II assessments or other services to help you address environmental and business risks, contact us today.