1. Identify potential environmental hazards.
One of the primary goals of a phase 1 environmental site assessment is to identify any potential environmental hazards at the property. This can include looking for contaminated soil, water, or air, as well as identifying any potential hazardous waste sites nearby.
2. Assess the potential for liability.
It is important to assess the potential for liability associated with any identified environmental hazards. This includes evaluating the likelihood that the hazard will cause harm, as well as estimating the cost of cleaning up any damage that may occur.
3. Make decisions about purchase or lease.
After assessing the potential for liability, you will need to decide whether or not to purchase or lease the property. This decision will be based on a variety of factors, including the severity of the environmental hazard and how much it will cost to clean it up.
4. Gather data about the site.
In order to properly assess the environmental hazards at a property, you will need to gather data about the site. This includes reviewing historical information, such as permits and inspections reports, as well as conducting interviews with stakeholders.
5. Review historical information.
Another important part of gathering data about a property is reviewing government records. This can include looking up information on nearby hazardous waste sites or checking to see if there are any compliance violations associated with the property.
6. Take photographs of the property.
Photographs can be helpful in documenting environmental hazards at a property. It is important to take photos of both the exterior and interior of the site, as well as any specific areas that may be of concern.
7. Review government records.
Interviews with stakeholders can provide valuable information about potential environmental hazards at a property. It is important to ask questions about how long they have lived there, whether they have noticed anything unusual, and where they would discharge wastewater if they had a home on-site.
8. Conduct a walk-through of the property.
A walk-through of the property is an important part of assessing environmental hazards. During the walk-through, you should look for any signs of contamination, such as spills or leaks, and take note of any areas that may be of concern.
9. Prepare a report of findings.
After completing all of the above steps, you will need to prepare a report of your findings. This report should include a summary of the data gathered, as well as your recommendations for further action.