So, do you need a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment?
Periodically, but not every time, we need to do a Phase II at a property. So it depends. Maybe you will need a Phase II ESA and maybe you will not. Well, that doesn’t help does it?
Often people think the answer is always yes, but that’s not always the case. Most of our customers want to know why not. Is it because they’re misinformed or because they needed to get a Phase II ESA in the past?
Here are some things to consider about Phase II Environmental Site Assessments:
A Phase I ESA does not automatically need a Phase II.
People who say differently are not really being candid. They are trying to steer you in the incorrect direction. A Phase I ESA is conducted by an environmental professional (who meets certain qualifications). This professional makes judgments based on the investigation of your property. His recommendations about further testing, sampling, or testing are necessary only when conditions warrant it, based on their findings. And, all these findings must be backed up by the relevant facts and information. If nothing additional is required, no further work should be done, and the environmental professional indicate as much. Make sure you review the findings if your feeling unsettled about the need for a Phase II ESA.