Phase I ESA

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)

A Phase I ESA is prepared for a parcel of real estate to identify potential or existing environmental liabilities. The Phase I ESA is generally considered the first step in the process of environmental Due Diligence. Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), a Phase I ESA provides for an innocent landowner defense for purchasers who demonstrate due diligence investigation of a property prior to acquisition. Assessment of a site includes evaluation of potential environmental issues, both on and off site. Environmental issues may include: presence of chemical residues, asbestos containing materials, hazardous substances stored or used, and contamination located on adjacent and surrounding properties.

Under federally accepted standard ASTM E1527-13, parameters were set forth as to who is qualified to perform Phase I ESAs. Terra’s qualified staff of Licensed Professional Geologists (LPG), Biologists, Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMMs), Environmental Scientists, and Project Managers utilize their background and experience in conjunction with extensive knowledge of Federal, State and local regulations and ASTM standards to efficiently provide a quality Phase I ESA, which allow our clients to make educated business decisions.