What is a phase 1 environmental assessment?

There are many avenues to take when purchasing a property. Phase I, Phase II and Phase III surveys are only one of many obstacles that must be cleared in order to complete the process. Although these surveys are quite different, they all serve a common purpose and are often grouped together.

Although Phase I, II, and III environmental site assessment services have their own unique characteristics, they all work towards a common goal. Here is a detailed discussion on each phase survey, which will help you understand why and when they are used.

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Phase I survey – The purpose: To detect any environmental hazards or contamination in a given area. This can be done by sampling habitats or the species of animal life and plant life within a particular area. This can include rare or common species as well as endangered or ancient species. 

How it is done – A survey involves inspecting the property and taking detailed notes about what is and what isn't found in that area. Phase I surveys are usually done by one person or a small group of people walking.

Phase II survey – Phase II surveys determine the quality of the soil and groundwater, in the event that it is required. This will help to determine if the property is 'healthy.'You can even search online for more information about environmental site assessment services.