Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
Property owners can be held responsible for cleanup of environmental contamination originating prior to, or during ownership of a property, under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). However, a properly completed Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) demonstrates a due diligence effort for future defense against CERCLA claims. AGW can provide a full complement of ESA services to ensure properties have been adequately evaluated.
AGW’s Phase I ESAs are designed to be in general accordance with the American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM) Standard Practice Designation E1527-13. The assessment consists of a site reconnaissance to identify potential environmental problems; interviews with individuals having knowledge of the subject site; a review of publicly available records pertaining to environmental resources at the subject site; and a report documenting AGW’s findings, opinion, and conclusions.
This practice is intended to constitute an all appropriate inquiry to identify recognized environmental conditions (RECs) in connection with the subject property for purposes of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) innocent landowner liability protection.
Based on the results of the Phase I assessment, AGW provides a thorough report and professional opinion regarding the environmental concerns which exist at the property.
AGW has been providing Phase I Environmental Assessments for over thirty years to a wide range of clients, including: homeowners, property management companies, large corporations, developers, real estate professionals, insurance companies, lenders, and municipalities. Examples of AGW’s recent Phase I Assessments include: commercial lots, industrial sites, former mining sites, and parcels covering several square miles. AGW also provides cost-effective Phase II investigation services when the results of a Phase I indicate potential subsurface environmental concerns. If requested, asbestos, radon, and/or lead paint surveys can be conducted in conjunction with your Phase I project.