Environmental Site Assessments
Has your banker or lawyer recommended that you have a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, or used the phrase “Due Diligence”? Fear not, Beacon is poised to provide you with a user-friendly atmosphere without the overly technical language in explaining what is required and what the real costs should be. We understand that buying a property is daunting enough, you don’t need to be worried about what may lurk around the corner for environmental issues. Let us be your guide.
Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
Beacon performs Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) following the ASTM E1527-13 which complies with the USEPA’s All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) requirements for release from Superfund Liability for properties. The actual sampling of soil, air, groundwater and/or building materials is typically not conducted during a Phase I ESA. The Phase I ESA is generally considered the first step in the process of environmental due diligence. At the completion of the Phase I ESA, Beacon generates a list of Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs), opinions, and recommendations to provide the client the ability to move forward. Beacon staff have performed over 200 Phase I ESAs since 1998.
Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
Beacon performs Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) following the ASTM E1903-11 method. Phase II ESAs may include soil, groundwater, pore water, soil gas, sub slab vapor, or ambient air sampling based on the Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs) discovered during the Phase I ESA process. Our experience working with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP) and the USEPA have allowed us to prepare clients for the potential questions which may arise.
As a portion of the Phase II ESA Beacon may recommend applying to the State-led environmental agency to obtain a release of liability for environmental conditions documented on the property. This may sometimes require cleanup, engineering controls, or nothing. We are here to provide you with the best options from both a financial and environmental prospective.