AETI EXAMPLE COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL PROJECT
Most business transfers, including property transfers, require a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) in order to ensure that no environmental conditions exist that poses an unacceptable threat to the environment and human health.
In the event evidence of concerns is identified, a more intrusive Phase II ESA is conducted to confirm the presence, or absence, of environmental contamination. In some instances, evidence of contamination is more apparent and more immediate measures must be implemented to mitigate the effects of an incident.
If after Phase II ESA determination is made to proceed to corrective action, plans are developed for remedial design and implementation.
Regulatory, legal, and socio-economic issues must be carefully considered throughout the entire life of the assessment process.
A "No Further Action" designation from the implementing/regulatory agency is the final step in the 'phased' environmental assessment.
While sources of contamination can vary from site to site, leaking storage tanks, especially petroleum tanks, pose one of the greatest threat to soil and groundwater in the US. Many businesses maintain storage tanks for onsite consumption or for distribution to the greater public.