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Phase I ESA

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

Ark routinely performs inexpensive Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) also known as "Environmental Report" for many banks, real estate agents, and corporate clients. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Ark is well positioned to serve a diverse, nationwide client base.

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase One)

A Phase I Environmental Report is generally considered the first step in the process of environmental Due Diligence. Standards for performing a Phase I Site Assessment have been promulgated by the US EPA and are based in part on ASTM in Standard E1527-13. The Phase I site inspection includes examination of potential adverse environmental impact including, but not limited to, soil contamination and ground water and surface water quality through a site inspection and review of the property's history.

Phase I ESAs are performed for buyers, sellers, brokers, and lenders who are involved in the sale, purchase or lease of industrial, commercial, and real estate properties and are typically required by lenders in order to assure that properties do not exhibit environmental conditions that could diminish the value of the property, the ability of the borrower to repay, or to establish baselines to allocate responsibility for clean-up costs.

Qualification to perform Phase I ESA

40 CFR Part 312.10 defines an Environmental Professional as someone with:

  • A current Professional Engineer’s or Professional Geologist’s license, or registration from a state or U.S. territory with 3 years equivalent full-time experience.
  • A Baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution of higher education in a discipline of engineering or science and 5 years equivalent full-time experience.
  • The equivalent of 10 years full-time environmental experience.

Ark personnel meet and exceed the aforementioned qualifications for performing Phase I ESA

Contents of a Phase I ESA

Ark will examine the following information and prepare a Phase I ESA report per the ASTM E-1527-13 and the All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) requirements:

  • historical aerial photograph review
  • historical Sanborn Fire Insurance Map review
  • historical city directory review
  • historical topographic map review
  • local environmental oversight agency interviews
  • analysis of local hydrogeologic conditions
  • government environmental database review
  • inspection of subject property and surrounding areas
  • interviews with owners, occupants, and neighboring tenants (for abandoned properties)
  • a detailed professional site plan
  • digital photographs with descriptions
  • inclusion of the Statement of Qualifications of assessors
  • conclusions regarding potential environmental liabilities using risk-based analysis
  • recommendations

Cost and turn around time to perform a Phase I ESA?

Costs for conducting a Phase I ESA vary based on the type of property such as commercial/retail building, business office, residential building, manufacturing building, industrial building, gas stations or vacant land. Costs also depends upon the number of units in the building, location of the property and area to be covered. Costs can range from $1,350 to $2,500 depending on the above mentioned criteria. Ark has consistently provided inexpensive Phase I ESAs to a variety of clients and properties.

A typical turn around time for Phase I ESA is about two weeks. However, based on the clients needs, Ark can prepare within 10 days barring public holidays. Please contact Ark for an estimate and anticipated turn around time to perform a Phase I ESA for your site.

Ark will be happy to provide references upon request.

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