What Are Environmental Site Assessments?

Environmental site assessments happen all around our real estate world more than you would imagine. When industrial activities have happened on properties in the past, there’s a great chance that storage tanks have leaked or spills have happened. Before any activity can occur again, government environmental regulations require that someone takes care diagnoses the property and takes care of the mess right away. We’ll ignore all the boring details of the legal process of environmental site assessments and who has to pay for them and jump into what each process specifically entails.

Phase I

A phase I environmental site assessment is essentially a report prepared for a real estate holding company and all of the stakeholders of a property of the environmental dangers that have been uncovered or the potential dangers that have yet to be uncovered. Sometimes the land is referred to as a brownfield site when deemed environmentally hazardous and requiring environmental cleanup.

To learn more about Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, visit http://www.pmenv.com/Services/Phase-I-Environmental-Site-Assessments.

Phase II

If a site is already deemed contaminated, then a Phase II environmental site assessment may be required, as it is a more detailed and involved test that looks for specific hazardous substances. Teams will collect samples of groundwater, soil and possibly building materials and common substances that are tested for include heavy metals, solvents, pesticides, petroleum hydrocarbons, and asbestos or mold. To learn more about Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, visit http://www.pmenv.com/Services/Phase-II-Environmental-Site-Assessments

Phase III

Phase III environmental site assessments follow up Phase II assessments and typically involve more intensive testing based on the findings of the Phase II report. For example, if large substances of heavy metals were found, they will determine as closely as possible how much there is in the environment and how harmful they may be. This establishes a blueprint for the remediation, or removal, of the hazardous substances. It’s rather important as the findings will determine costs and methods required to clean up the site. To learn more about Phase III Environmental Site Assessments, visit http://www.pmenv.com/Services/Phase-III-Contaminated-Site-Remediation-Clean-up

Overall, environmental site assessments are necessary for businesses to develop and economic growth to occur while at the same time ensuring that the safety and security of workers and the neighborhoods around industrial areas are safe and healthy. Any piece of real estate is subject to environmental site assessments, so always be wary of the environmental consequences large or small that your business could have.

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