Phase One Environmental Testing: Part Two

HAZARDWhat is Included in a Champia Phase I ESA?

At Champia Home Inspections, our Phase I ESA includes a walk-through assessment (interior and exterior) of the property, a review of state and local regulatory databases, current and past use of the property and land around it, and recognized environmental conditions (REC), such as hazardous materials. Our inspectors will do the following:

  • Determine the property’s original use and history

We determine how the site and the land surrounding it have been used in the past to find out if it was used to store, treat, or dispose of hazardous materials. This is done through interviews as well as title information.

They will also investigate the surrounding land for evidence that it was used for agriculture, as a landfill, for chemical use, oil exploration, or a number of other things that may have left contaminated or hazardous materials.

  • Conduct an aerial photo review

We look at photos and maps of the site for evidence of what has occurred on the land. For example, we will look for indications that dumping was done there, or that storage tanks were on the property.

  • Walk around the property

We conduct an on-site inspection of the property to look for things like dead vegetation, storage tanks, polluted water, or other signs that toxic materials have been used on the property.  Our inspectors will also look at storage and disposal of any hazardous substances currently used on the site.

  • Review the EDR (Environmental Data Resources) database for buried tanks in the area

We will investigate whether there are or have been any storage tanks on the site and, if possible, what was stored in them.  We will also try to determine the age and the capacity of the tanks and whether a suspected release from the tanks has been reported. If there are any existing tanks, we will determine whether they are in compliance with local laws and regulations.

  • Review internal documents for hazardous waste disposal

    We look at the current owners’ internal records and documents for harmful waste disposal.

The Final Report

Champia inspectors prepare a report based on the findings of their on-site inspection, as well as their research on the property indicating whether it has any recognized environmental conditions (REC) or historically recognized environmental conditions (HREC). The assessment provides conclusions as well as recommendations.

  • Determine the property’s original use and history

We determine how the site and the land surrounding it have been used in the past to find out if it was used to store, treat, or dispose of hazardous materials. This is done through interviews as well as title information.

They will also investigate the surrounding land for evidence that it was used for agriculture, as a landfill, for chemical use, oil exploration, or a number of other things that may have left contaminated or hazardous materials.

  • Conduct an aerial photo review

We look at photos and maps of the site for evidence of what has occurred on the land. For example, we will look for indications that dumping was done there, or that storage tanks were on the property.

  • Walk around the property

We conduct an on-site inspection of the property to look for things like dead vegetation, storage tanks, polluted water, or other signs that toxic materials have been used on the property.  Our inspectors will also look at storage and disposal of any hazardous substances currently used on the site.

  • Review the EDR (Environmental Data Resources) database for buried tanks in the area

We will investigate whether there are or have been any storage tanks on the site and, if possible, what was stored in them.  We will also try to determine the age and the capacity of the tanks and whether a suspected release from the tanks has been reported. If there are any existing tanks, we will determine whether they are in compliance with local laws and regulations.

  • Review internal documents for hazardous waste disposal

    We look at the current owners’ internal records and documents for harmful waste disposal.

The Final Report

Our inspectors prepare a report based on the findings of their on-site inspection, as well as their research on the property indicating whether it has any recognized environmental conditions (REC) or historically recognized environmental conditions (HREC). The assessment provides conclusions as well as recommendations.

 

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