“Phase I” Environmental Site Assessment

Objective: To evaluate whether past or current activities have resulted in conditions that could present a potential environmental liability upon the continued use of this property.

Scope of Services*
Initial Review:

  • Review of information indicating past and present uses of the site
  • Review environmental regulatory activity connected with the site
  • Conduct reconnaissance of structure or related property
  • Determine past and present use of adjacent land

Site Inspection:

  • Visual observation of current practices at the site
  • Determination of impacts of surrounding land uses, such as:
    • PCB-containing equipment
    • Underground and aboveground petroleum and chemical storage tanks
    • Hazardous waste
    • Material storage and handling procedures
    • Incidents of spills
    • Water and wastewater
    • Air emissions
    • Solid waste
    • Sumps, drums or containers
    • Drywells, irrigation wells, injection wells, abandoned wells
    • Waste disposal activities
  • Interview appropriate personnel regarding details of past activities as listed above

Background Inspection:

  • Check state and federal regulatory listings (i.e., CERCLIS and the state list of inactive disposal areas) to assess whether the site may be subject to current or future regulatory action
  • Contact regional office of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and local government agencies as necessary to establish whether regulated activities have taken place at the site
  • If appropriate, inquire with local municipal offices to determine the status of past activities at the site and for Freedom of Information Letter (FOIL) requests
  • Review historical aerial photographs for an indication of past land use at the site and adjacent properties
  • Review historic city directories and/or topographic maps, as appropriate
  • Other avenues: surrounding land use and activities may suggest other avenues to follow regarding past site conditions and use, and will be pursued as appropriate to achieve project goals

*Our Scope of Services is consistent with the American Society for Testing and Materials’ (2000) “E1527-00 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment Process” and “E1528-00 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Transaction Screen Process” (Completion of “Transaction Screen Questionnaire”) which reflects the prevailing standard of practice in the industry.