Phase 2 Site Investigations
When a Phase I ESA identifies potential contamination of a site by hazardous materials, a further investigation is typically warranted. The Phase II ESA includes sampling and laboratory analysis to confirm the presence of hazardous materials. Some of the tests that may be performed include:
- surficial soil and water samples
- subsurface soil borings
- groundwater monitor well installation, sampling, and analysis to identify the source, and vertical and lateral dispersion of contamination
- drum sampling and characterization
- sampling of floor drains and sumps
- transformer/capacitor sampling for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
- geophysical testing for buried tanks and drums
- testing of underground storage tanks
Depending on the results of the samples, the Phase II ESA should outline additional site investigation needs, and potential remedial actions that may be required to clean up the property. Performing an environmental site assessment prior to acquiring a property can minimize the risk and cost associated with hazardous waste contamination.
Samples are carefully reviewed
All of our samples are properly preserved, documented on a chain of custody, and delivered to an EPA, NELAC and state certified laboratory for analysis. The results of our Phase II assessment are presented in a comprehensive and easy to read report complete with drawings, digital photographs, and recommendations.
FEG strives to save our clients money by reducing the number of samples and sampling points by first researching the conditions at the project site. We use the published data and well reports, site topography, known or estimated groundwater depths and, if available, existing surrounding sub-surface studies on nearby properties to develop a sampling plan that will narrow and focus the scope-of-work associated with the problems identified in the Phase I ESA.
What If Contamination Is Found?
If contamination is found and the conditions warrant, we will apply to the appropriate regulating agencies for closure with no further action. If necessary, we can also offer consultation, planning and design services for a Phase III Environmental Site Remediation.