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Phase I environmental site assessment
- Created 2012-03-03
In the United States, an
environmental site assessment
is a report prepared for a real estate holding that identifies potential or existing environmental contamination
. The analysis, often called an
, typically addresses both the underlying land as well as physical improvements to the property. A proportion of contaminated sites are "
s. " In severe cases, brownfield sites may be added to the
National Priorities List
where they will be subject to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
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
. Standards for performing a Phase I site assessment have been promulgated by the US EPA and are based in part on
in Standard E1527-05.
If a site is considered contaminated, a Phase II environmental site assessment may be conducted, ASTM test E1903, a more detailed investigation involving chemical analysis for hazardous substances and/or petroleum hydrocarbons.
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