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ESI's Wayne Misenar, E.P., Senior Scientist in our Jacksonville office answers our SAR divisions FAQs:


What is an Environmental Phase I? 

“A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is an investigation into historical past, as well as current uses of a specific parcel or tract of land to identify possible sources of contamination on the site that may have resulted from either business practices or incidental uses.   The purpose of the investigation is to provide either property owners or prospective buyers, usually associated with intended or pending transactions involving the site, innocent land owner defenses in accordance with EPA accepted national standards to limit their liability.  A wide assortment of available historical records that typically date at least back to the 1940s are utilized by an Environmental Professional to formulate an opinion whether a Phase II ESA, including soil and/or groundwater testing, may be warranted to further determine presence or absence of possible contaminants of concern.  A Phase I ESA report is provided to document the steps taken in the investigation, the findings, and conclusions with recommendations for further actions, if any."

Are Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) required?  "Short answer…..NO.  There is no legal requirement. Longer answer…..There are no existing requirements that dictate the need for a Phase I ESA; however, most all lenders will require at least some level of assessment, usually a Phase I ESA to provide for their own protection and peace of mind.  Otherwise, the completion of a Phase I ESA simply provides an extra level of relatively low cost insurance protection against future liability." 

Are there any other forms of Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) besides just Phase I?    "Yes, for those that simply are interested in an extra level of peace of mind before entering into a business transaction involving the transfer of property where a lender is not requiring a Phase I ESA, a more cost effective means for possible contamination assessment includes a Records Search Risk Assessment (RSRA).  The RSRA, at usually about half the cost of a Phase I ESA, includes a desk top review of current regulatory agency database records as well as a review of all the historical research normally included in a standard Phase I ESA.  For a small additional fee an on-site reconnaissance of the property can also be included for an extra level of investigation."

What specific business risks are included in a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) investigation?    "The national standard used by any reputable Environment Professional (ASTM Standard Practice for Phase I Environmental Site Assessment E-1527-13) specifically includes petroleum products and hazardous materials as defined by EPA.    Other business risks that are not specifically included may be the presence of asbestos containing materials, mold or other indoor air quality issues, on-site wetlands, cultural or historic resources, threatened/endangers species, or compliance issues to name a few.  Any of these additional service tasks can be separately assessed by ESI staff upon request."


ESI's Historian, Meghan Powell, is in beautiful Marathon Florida conducting a structures survey that will help guide the city when it comes to future planning and development. Many of the residents are more than willing to tell their story of the hurricane and the damage, but are quick to talk about how the neighborhoods really came together after the storm to clean up the area. Most of the homes are in good or great condition, although, the homes that are directly on the water took major damage. The residents couldn't be happier to be in Marathon. 


We proudly share ESI Savannah's Kristen Deason's article in Southern Tides Magazine, "Bringing Back the Dunes." Kristen shares dune importance and restoration post hurricanes Mathew and Irma on Tybee Island.


ESI has offices in Ohio, North Carolina and Georgia, with it's headquarters located in Jacksonville, Florida. But did you know ESI also works internationally? We are excited to be working in the bush in Africa again and are thrilled to share our sights with you!

ESI's Tony Pooley, from our Jacksonville office teamed with Guy Pinjuv, on our Carbon team to visit Guinea Bissau!

Environmental Services Inc. is 30! We are spending 2016 celebrating 30 years of excellence. We had such a great 30th party celebrating at our Raleigh office! Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

ESI offers Environmental Classes for Commercial Real Estate Professionals. Our team offers their years of experience in environmental assessments, permitting, site assessments, and contamination assessments to help give you solutions and information to help you close the deal. Contact Rhodes Robinson, Joseph Brinson, or Don Barfield at 866-470-2250 to schedule a class!

Environmental Services, Inc. (ESI) employees have performed prescribed burns for clients in Florida and Georgia to accomplish a variety of objectives, including reducing the risk of wildfire, clearing land prior to site preparation or conversion, or restoring native habitats. In addition to planning and implementing prescribed burns, ESI staff have conducted wildfire risk assessments and prepared risk-mitigation plans as potentially required by local, state, and federal agencies.

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More information (video) this week from the Department of the Interior - August 14, 2015>>>

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