EIS’ Environmental Consulting division performs Phase I & Phase II ESAs. The EIS Environmental Consulting division performs Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) with the experience needed to detect any possible environmental hazards at a site. Phase II Subsurface Investigation is performed to assess whether the Phase I identified historic on-site or off-site Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs) have impacted the soil and/or groundwater conditions on the property. This may also include asbestos and lead-based paint contamination. We work alongside clients, making sure developments are compliant with state Departments of Environmental Quality, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Phase I ESAs are necessary to avoid legal liability for pre-existing contamination on a property. A properly conducted Phase I ESA allows the buyer to qualify for certain defenses under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), which provides protection from liability for certain landowners and prospective purchasers of real property.
A Phase II ESA is necessary to confirm or deny the presence of Recognized Environmental Conditions (Petroleum products or hazardous materials) in amounts that can greatly reduce a property’s value. Stakeholders want to reduce liability and future cleanup expenses on their investment by conducting a Phase II ESA, in which a subsurface investigation tests soil and/or groundwater to identify sources of environmental impacts.
EIS Phase I & II ESAs are performed using practices issued by the American Society for Testing and Materials. Phase I ESAs (ASTM E1527-13) are intended to identify conditions indicating the presence of Recognized Environmental Conditions (Petroleum products or hazardous materials), and Phase II ESAs (ASTM E1903-19) are intended to quantify the risk. EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant funds can only be awarded in compliance with the AAI (All Appropriate Inquiries) Final Rule, which states that ASTM International Standards for Phase I ESAs satisfies its requirements.