Among other services, Arroyo Environmental Consultants, LLC, has experience performing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments in and around the San Antonio, Texas area. Since the Superfund Cleanup Acceleration Act of 1998 was passed by Congress, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments are usually required when purchasing commercial and industrial property in the United States. Not only is the Phase I ESA necessary, it is also incredibly important to protect you from making a bad investment, a poor purchase choice, and may save you from liability if contaminants are found on the site.
Before You Buy
When purchasing, refinancing, or redeveloping an industrial or commercial property in San Antonio, it’s imperative to have the environmental condition of the land and any structures on the site assessed by Phase I ESA experts, who know how to identify existing or probable contaminants present.
The presence of contaminants can have a huge impact on how the land is utilized or can be utilized in the future. It’s important to have all the information you can before proceeding with the purchase or development in order to protect your investment.
Examining the Site
In San Antonio, a comprehensive Phase I ESA will be performed by our environmental assessment professionals, who are not only versed in the federal, state and local requirements, but are very familiar with the unique challenges we face in this area.
The history of the property will be evaluated in order to determine if there would be any likely contamination from chemical spills, petroleum products, or other hazardous substances. If contamination is found, risk to neighboring properties will be assessed. Topography and drainage patterns will be evaluated. The likelihood and type of contaminants in and around preexisting structures will also be assessed.
All assessments required by law will be made, and our team will determine what additional assessments should be made and if a Phase II Environmental Assessment must be conducted.
Protecting Your Investment
Even if a Phase I ESA wasn’t required by most lenders, it’s a critical step in the purchasing process. Without knowing what you’re getting into, you could find yourself in big trouble. For example, environmental contamination may drastically impact the value of the land. You could purchase a property and find that the site was worth far less than what you paid for it or find that it’s not suitable to your needs. Skipping the Phase I ESA can eliminate a buyer’s claim for an “innocent landowner” exemption and the buyer will find that they are liable for costly remediation, especially if contamination on the site impacts neighboring properties.
A Phase I ESA can help you make the right purchasing decisions and give you the information you need to make a wise site choice for your project.
Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
If the Phase I ESA determines likely contamination or other issues, the Arroyo team can then prepare a Phase II ESA, which requires sample collection, sample analysis, and further investigation as far as the extent of the contamination.
Studies, Reports, Regulations, and Permits
The Arroyo team goes the extra mile to make sure that every assessment is exhaustive in order to keep costly surprises to a minimum.
Although we often conduct traditional Phase I and Phase II ESAs in San Antonio, there are many other evaluations and studies that have and can be done to help you with your project. From threatened and endangered species assessments, wetland determinations and delineations, restoration and mitigation projects, stream assessments, water quality and more, our environmental professionals know what it takes to adhere to local, State and Federal regulations and obtain the right permits to make your project a success.
Contact us for more information and let us help you make informed decisions about your next steps.