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Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

What is a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?

The fundamental purpose of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is to determine if a property, in its entirety, is subject to recognized environmental conditions*. A Phase I ESA is often an influential step in the decision-making process for real estate transactions and for general environmental due diligence purposes. A Phase I ESA follows a thorough procedure including an extensive review of historical and environmental records, a site reconnaissance, and interviews with key individuals and government officials familiar with the subject property. A comprehensive report documents the findings, and offers professional opinions of the impacts on the property from the identified environmental conditions and recommendations for subsequent action, if necessary.

How can GCE help you?

GCE’s diligent, experienced staff of environmental professionals specializes in conducting Phase I ESAs, offering well-informed opinions, and preparing timely and accurate reports. GCE’s commitment to accuracy, thoroughness, and high quality is highlighted in each completed Phase I ESA report. GCE performs Phase I ESAs in conformance with the scope and limitations of the most current ASTM Practice Standards, and is accommodating to our client’s specific needs, such as timing constraints and performing concurrent services for Asbestos and Lead-based Paint Surveys. GCE’s clear and concise reports leave the client aware and well-informed of all potential environmental concerns in connection with the subject property.

*Recognized environmental conditions are defined as the presence or likely presence of any hazardous substances or petroleum products on a property under conditions that indicate an existing release, a past release, or a material threat of a release of any hazardous substances or petroleum products into structures on the property or into the ground, groundwater, or surface water of the property.