For over three decades, the team at Nelson Enviro has been serving people who are curious about what their land might be hiding. We do this by offering Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, but the truth is that there’s some confusion about what that is exactly and who might need one.

Not to worry though, because in today’s post we’d like to set the record straight. If you think you may be a good candidate for a Phase I ESA, but you’d like some more information before moving forward, keep reading to learn more or feel free to call us with any questions you may have. 

What Is a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?

First off, it’s important to know exactly what a Phase I ESA is and what it entails. Who better to tell you than the best source of information in the modern age, Wikipedia? Here’s what they have to say: a site assessment report is “a report prepared for a real estate holding that identifies potential or existing environmental contamination liabilities.” In other words, it can help buyers to determine whether or not a piece of land that they’re considering purchasing is in their best interest. 

They go on to note that a Phase I “is generally considered the first step in the process of environmental due diligence” and that the “sampling of soil, air, groundwater and/or building materials is typically not conducted” as a part of these investigations.

Who Needs a Phase I ESA?

The simple answer? Pretty much anyone can find themselves in need of this type of environmental inquiry, but at Nelson Enviro, we most often work with the real estate industry, bankers, small businesses, and agricultural operations.

This makes sense, of course, because all of these people would be curious to know what type of secrets their land was hiding. For example, if someone wanted to start farming a piece of land, it would be important to know if it’s been used to drill for natural gas in the past. In some instances, bankers may require you to get a Phase I ESA before you make a purchase for a piece of commercial property.

At the end of the day, if you think you may need a Phase I ESA, don’t hesitate to reach out to us because we’d be happy to discuss any questions you have. We’ll also let you know what your options are because you may be an ideal candidate for one of our Desktop Reviews instead of a full Phase I.

Contact Nelson Enviro Today

No matter your situation, if you’d like to learn more and you’re in need of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment in California, it makes sense to get in touch with us. With over thirty years of experience, we’ll make sure that you have the facts before you make a big decision.

Contact us today to get started and rest assured that when you choose Nelson Enviro, you’re in good hands. We look forward to hearing from you!