The most commonly performed environmental assessment is the Phase I Site Assessment. Great Plains Environmental offers Phase I Site Assessments (Phase I ESAs) to give bankers, real estate professionals and business owners in industrial, commercial and agricultural properties peace of mind as they purchase new property, start businesses or move their existing business to a new location. Assuring a site is clear of environmental contaminants or potential problems is important to the value and the enjoyment of our client’s new property and bankers and brokers can feel secure knowing that their investment is free of any potential worries down the road.
What is included in a Phase I ESA?
Site walk thru: The outdoor and indoor areas of the property are inspected for evidence of spills of hazardous substances or petroleum products, such as soil staining and petroleum odors, leaking containers, pipes or other evidence of underground storage tanks. The surrounding properties are also visually inspected from the property boundary or intersecting streets.
Historical Research: Interviews of past and present owners, occupants, and neighbors are conducted. In addition, a historical review is conducted via aerial photos, fire insurance maps, and topographic maps.
Report: The findings of the research, including any recommendations for further investigation, are summarized in a report along with site photographs and other relevant documentation, in accordance with a standard set forth by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Practice E 1527, Phase I Site Assessment.
Phase II ESA
When "recognized environmental conditions" are present, a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) may be necessary. When a Phase II is necessary, Great Plains Environmental determines which "recognized environmental condition" the client wants addressed and the most efficient and cost effective way to investigate this "condition". The Phase II ESA usually requires an intrusive investigation (i.e. soil borings, geoprobes, and hand borings) to determine if the "recognized environmental condition" mentioned in the Phase I ESA has actually impacted the property. The information gathered in the Phase II ESA is summarized in a Phase II Report, which will be reviewed by the client.
Upon review of this report, the client will determine if remediation activities will be necessary to accomplish their goals.
Phase III ESA
A Phase III Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) may be required when a Phase II ESA finds contamination above the recommended levels of the local, state, or federal regulations, or upon a client's request. However, it is not very common for a Phase III ESA to be conducted. A Phase III ESA requires the subject property to be remediated to a satisfactory level, which satisfies all parties involved.
A Transaction Screen may be requested on a property that has never been developed and has no know recognized environmental conditions associated with it.
During a Transaction Screen the owners and occupants shall complete a questionnaire according to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Practice E 1528 guidelines. After the questionnaire is completed, Great Plains Environmental will conduct a site visit to address the components of the questionnaire.
What's included in a TSA?
Site walk thru: The outdoor and indoor areas of the property are inspected for evidence of spills of hazardous substances or petroleum products, such as soil staining and petroleum odors, leaking containers, pipes or other evidence of underground storage tanks.
Report: The findings of the research, including any recommendations for further investigation, are summarized in a report along with site photographs and other relevant documentation, in accordance with a standard set forth by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Practice E 1528, Limited Environmental Due Diligence Transaction Screen Process.
Upon special request, Great Plains Environmental can include an Asbestos Inspection as an attachment to the Phase I ESA report.
An Asbestos Inspection should be conducted on structures built prior to 1980, which are likely to contain Asbestos Containing Material, also known as “ACM”. Most states now require an Asbestos Inspection prior to any remodeling or demolition work.
An Asbestos Inspection consists of physically walking through the proposed structure to note any areas, which may have suspected ACM. Samples may be collected during the inspection if requested by the client. A sample containing more than 1% asbestos is considered ACM and must be removed prior to any remodeling or demolition work. If the inspection determines that ACM is found in an area where there is no scheduled remodeling or demolition work, and the material is not friable (easy to crumble), the material may be left in place.
If you have any questions or would like an estimate for an Asbestos Inspection, contact our team at Great Plains Environmental.
Great Plains Environmental can perform an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), if required. An EIS, under United States environmental law, is a document required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for certain actions "significatly affecting the quality of the human environment". An EIS is a tool to aide in decision making by describing positive and negative environmental affects of a proposed action. The EIS usually lists a minimum of one alternative action that may be chosen instead of the action described in the EIS.
If you have any questions or would like an estimate for an EIS, contact our team at Great Plains Environmental.
With years of experience in environmental compliance monitoring and reporting, Great Plains Environmental assists clients in all phases of establishing and maintaining regulatory compliance.
In the past twenty-nine years, Great Plains Environmental has performed numerous soil and ground water sampling projects.
Please contact us with any questions or for an estimate regarding your soil and/or groundwater sampling needs.