Phase II ESA Explained
To begin, let’s assume you are aware of the need for a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. If you don’t, please visit that page for more information. In a nutshell, consider it an informational background check & property examination without any testing or sampling.
If, perhaps, the results of a Phase I ESA determine there is the possibility that contamination exists. Don’t be alarmed. A more thorough investigation is needed before you accept any liability. A Phase II report is required to determine exactly what issues exist. The Phase I ESA follows a very strict process, a Phase II is solely conducted based on the findings of the Phase I Report. The requirements of a Phase II investigation are more diverse.
For example, based on the results of the Phase I ESA, Phase II efforts might include surface and sub-surface soil analysis, groundwater analysis, installing monitoring wells, indoor air sampling, mold sampling, asbestos sampling, lead sampling, etc. The need for any sampling or testing in Phase II Environmental Site Assessments is determined essentially on the findings of the Phase I Report.
Regrettably, as there is normally a reasonable quantity of sampling or testing, a Phase II ESA does cost significantly more money than a Phase I. It also takes more time. You need the time to sample, monitor, or test results. This is the only way to really understand the potential contaminations released at the property or to confirm the absence of pollutions.