Inspections and Environmental Assessments
Don’t buy or sell that property without knowing what the risks are.
An environmental assessment that identifies and evaluates existing or potential liabilities helps protect interested parties from financial endangerment in real estate transactions.
Phase I assessments identify historical and current potential liabilities through site inspection, regulatory review, interviews, and documented studies.
It is important to note that Phase I assessments only identify potential liabilities, they do not define them. In order to obtain more information on the nature and extent of potential liabilities, a Phase II or III assessment is required.
Phase II assessments further define the extent of environmental risk and contamination through testing and field evaluations.
A Phase II assessment might be as simple as storage tank testing or analysis to determine the contents of drums or tanks, and soil borehole programs or as complex as a thorough subsurface investigation. This phase of assessment does not necessarily “fix” any problems identified, but it can result in nullifying a Phase I finding because of a positive result (i.e., tanks test tight, drum contents are determined to be non-hazardous) and it can further define them so that the scope and cost to remedy the problem can be outlined for a Phase III assessment.
Phase III assessments are typically more than an assessment – they can actually be a remedy to the potential liabilities identified in a Phase I or II assessment. Typical Phase III actions include storage tank closure, contaminated soil removal, soil/groundwater remediation, drum removal, etc.
Audits identify compliance issues which can affect your company’s operations. Audits focus more on compliance issues and not just potential liabilities.
JD2 personnel meet the requirements to conduct assessments in compliance with ASTM and EPA standards.