Phase II Environmental Site Assessments

A Phase II environmental site assessment is called for when a phase I assessment indicates probable contamination on the site or when there is known contamination on the property. The purpose of a phase II ESA is to determine whether contamination exists.

While the relies primarily on historical records, the phase II ESA involves testing and analysis of soil, and groundwater and/or building materials for substances such as:

  • Petrochemicals
  • Solvents
  • Pesticides

Phase II testing offers definitive evidence that contamination with one or more of these substances does (or does not) exist.

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Do I Need a Phase II ESA?

Not everyone needs a Phase II environmental site assessment. If the phase I assessment didn’t reveal evidence or likelihood of contamination on-site, it is not usually necessary to investigate further. However, in cases where the phase I investigation indicates the presence of hazardous substances or materials, and/or there have been known releases of hazardous chemicals on-site, a Phase II assessment is recommended.

A Phase II ESA will provide information about whether or not contamination is present at your property so you can assess your prospective real estate transaction with full understanding of the environmental and financial implications.

Do I Need to Have a Phase I ESA First?

Most phase II environmental site assessments are ordered as the second step of due diligence, once the phase I assessment has indicated probable presence of contaminants.

What to Expect From Your Phase II Environmental Site Assessment

A Phase II investigation is conducted on-site and, like the Phase I ESA, must be led by a qualified environmental professional who meets ASTM standards. Specific procedures vary, depending on the type of contamination suspected.

Soil and groundwater sampling and monitoring may require various types of drilling technology. We are fully equipped to handle any type of phase II drilling necessary for your site analysis.

Quality Environmental Testing With Expedience

Because of the detailed sampling, monitoring and analysis procedures involved, a Phase II ESA will take longer than a Phase I investigation. However, we know how important it is for you to have definitive answers within a reasonable period of time. We are committed to delivering your results in as timely a manner as possible without sacrificing quality, so that you experience as little delay as possible in your real estate transactions.

Need a Phase II ESA?

To learn more about our environmental site assessment services or to schedule your Phase II environmental site assessment, call us at 1-800-877-4955 — or contact us here today.