Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)

Property buyers and owners, banks and developers realize the potential for environmental liabilities associated with commercial property uses. A Phase I ESA will identify the potential risks and liabilities associated with a property to provide you with the information needed to make informed decisions.

A Phase I ESA is an investigation of current and historical land use, ownership and tenancy of a property. General activities that comprise a Phase I ESA include collecting existing environmental information, determining surrounding land use, historical property use, a site visit and interviews. The collected information is evaluated and compiled into a detailed Phase I ESA report. A Phase I ESA does not include sampling or laboratory analysis activities.

A Phase I ESA is usually performed by a party considering a purchase of real estate, since the best time to determine if an environmental issue is present is before you buy. A property owner may also wish to conduct a Phase I ESA of their land to start resolving environmental issues at their own pace, so there are no surprises with adverse findings later on.

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