Environmental Site Assessments. GEI's
Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) services
help identify environmental-related financial and
legal risks associated with a property. Our ESA
services are conducted in accordance with governmental
and industry standards, as well as our
internal quality standards. Such assessments will
help your company fulfill lender requirements,
protect the health of both your employees and the
environment, and can enhance property values.
ESAs typically involve a Phase I assessment and
may include a Phase II assessment. GEI will
recommend whether one or both phases are
required based on your company's situation. All
components of both Phase I and II assessments
are managed by GEI.
Phase I Assessment
Phase I assessments include a review of:
- A questionnaire completed by the current
property owner with a follow-up interview.
- Any existing environmental site assessment
documentation provided by the current
- Local historic business directories.
- City building or planning department files
- Historic fire insurance maps (including their
- Historic aerial photographs.
- Local, state, and federal environmental agency
lists for spill incidents or other potential releases
to air, soil, and/or groundwater on the subject
property and surrounding properties within a
- Fire and local and/or regional environmental
agency case files for the subject property and
any high risk surrounding properties.
In addition, a Phase I assessment includes:
- Determination of reported characteristics of the
subject property's hydrology and hydrogeology.
- Visual inspection of the subject property for
natural waterways, surface water discharges,
waste disposal areas, ponds, groundwater
wells, cisterns, cesspools, septic tanks, abnormal
property odors or discolorations, soil
disturbances, distressed vegetation, rightof-
ways, chemical usage and storage, underground
tanks, potential asbestos-containing
building materials, and color photography of
property conditions observed during the
- Visual inspection of neighboring properties to
determine potential impact to the subject
- Preparation of a Phase I ESA report, which
includes recognized environmental conditions
and other potential environmental concerns,
recommendations, site figures, and inspection