Environmental Site Assessments, also referred to as Phase 1 ESAs, are common among industries that GeoSearch provides database and historical information for.
What is an Environmental Site Assessment?
An Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) can help determine if there has been an environmental impact on a property based on previous legal documentation. When performing an ESA, GeoSearch pulls information from an ever-growing database to report on prior environmental liens, spills, cleanups, and more property data.
While there are legal requirements under the EPA All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) law, an Environmental Site Assessment may include additional information as needed.
Who uses Environmental Site Assessments?
Most of the reports GeoSearch performs are requested by environmental consultants on behalf of a financial institution, insurance company, lawyer, and other property holding entities.
Why do I need an Environmental Site Assessment?
An ESA provides a comprehensive report on a piece of land to help lenders and organizations make decisions prior to acquisition of the property. Similarly, it can be a requirement under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) also known as “Superfund”.
Conducting a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment can serve as documentation of due diligence and help organizations make smart business decisions.
Feel like your property is low risk, and you’re still not sure you need one?
It’s worth noting that there’s always more information out there. The old saying is “you don’t know what you don’t know” and it applies to this situation. For example, an adjacent property can be contaminated and result in contamination of your property. A Phase 1 Site Assessment will assess the property as far back as possible to check there were no prior issues or concerns on the land.
What comes with a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment?
A Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment provides you with a site visit by an experienced environmental professional to assess the presence of any contaminated materials on the property and a cataloged history of the property.
GeoSearch helps with the second half. We specialize in providing historic and data information to assist environmental professionals in completing their Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment. This includes historical research as it relates to liens, photography, city directory reporting and more.
Have questions or ready to get started? Reach out to our team of environmental research consultants.