Phase I Site Assessments
Universal Engineering Sciences, Inc. (Universal) has extensive experience in due diligence for property transfers throughout the southeastern United States. Our staff realizes the time sensitive nature of these studies and completes them in a timely manner allowing purchasers sufficient time to consider potential issues which may be discovered in the due diligence process. Our network of offices and the size of our environmental staff positions us well to efficiently provide expedited delivery of this information. Effective November 1, 2006, a property purchaser must comply with either the federal rule entitled “Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries” (40 CFR Part 312) or ASTM’s revised Phase I Environmental Site Assessment standard (ASTM E 1527-05) to qualify as an innocent landowner, contiguous property owner or bona fide prospective purchaser under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Universal completes all Phase I environmental studies to the new standards and has also completed Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) with numerous client-specific requirements added. When a Phase I determines that “recognized environmental conditions” exist on the subject property, a Phase II investigation will be recommended.
Phase II Site Assessments
Phase II site assessments are recommended if information or observations during the Phase I ESA determine “recognized environmental conditions” exist on the subject property. The Phase II is an intrusive investigation which includes sample collection and laboratory analysis to determine if contamination is present. The Phase II may require collection of either soil and/or groundwater samples. The cost and scope of the Phase II varies depending on the complexity and extent of the suspected contamination. Universal has a significant investment in drilling equipment including a GEOPROBE Rig 6620DT. The “direct push” technology offers substantial efficiency over traditional drilling technology for subsurface sample collection. Large numbers of samples can be efficiently collected and field screened minimizing client costs for drilling and laboratory costs. The information collected from the Phase II investigation along with the experience of the environmental professionals is translated into information utilized by the client to make appropriate business decisions regarding the property.
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