All Phase I ESAs will meet ASTM 1527-13 Standards, be conducted by a Georgia licensed Professional Geologist and contain the following information:
A site reconnaissance to look for obvious evidence of chemical contamination including underground storage tanks (USTs), aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), stained soils, stressed vegetation, noxious odors, unidentified drums, electric or hydraulic equipment possibly containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and other solid or hazardous wastes;
Site photographs (minimum of 16 photos);
A general reconnaissance of areas within a one-mile radius of the subject site;
A review federal, state, local government and tribal environmental regulatory listings;
A review of available web based historical records (Sanborn Maps, City Directories, title searches)
Historical topographic map(s) and aerial photographs (varies depending on coverage years);
A regulatory file review if the Property or adjoining property is listed on one or more standard regulatory databases
Consideration of vapor migration in addition to soil and or groundwater impacts.
A review of published literature concerning site area soils, geology, and hydrology, and
Interviews with past, present, and if necessary, adjacent property owners
A file review at the local EPD for sites that are adjacent to the property being assessed
Although not a part of an ASTM Phase I, the following non-scope items maybe included for additional costs:
Asbestos Assessments and Inspections
Vapor Intrusion determination if the property buildings are effected
Endangered and or threatened species identification within the general area
Historical and Archaeological relevance within the general area
Flood zone identification (obtained from the digital flood insurance maps)
Mold surveys and Wetland delineation (beyond a cursory observations) are contracted through reliable partners.
New SBA SOP pertaining to Environmental Assessments went into effect in January, 2018. This SOP allows for Transaction Screening Assessments (TSA) or Desktop reviews for those properties determined to be of "low risk" and, will include the following:
Environmental Questionnaire completed by owner/operator
A records search with risk assessment
Review of Sanborn (fire insurance maps, if available)
Review of City Directories (if available)
Review of Historical Aerial Photographs
Conclusions and Recommendations
Does Not include a site visit or site photographs.
All dry cleaners must now include a Phase II regardless of solvent used.