Mandated by "good business sense," Environmental Site Assessments are performed for almost all commercial land transactions. Providing "due diligence" protection to owners when properly done, assessments ascertain whether any past or present usage of a site warrants an enforced environmental cleanup.
ESAs are conducted in three phases:
- Phase I: ASTM 1527-00 & AAI/ASTM 1527-05: Identification of potential environmental hazards on a given site. Includes a regulatory records search, interviews, site reconnaissance and a written report. The AAI assessment meets Brownfields Law All Appropriate Inquiry requirements.
- Phase II: Confirms the presence or absence of contaminants on a site.
- Phase III: Determination of contaminants and extent of damage and can include a site remediation plan.