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Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

When it comes to selecting a consulting firm to conduct a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I ESA), we know you have a lot of choices.

Whether the Phase I ESA is being conducted as part of the due diligence process associated with a property transaction or to meet another objective, you want documentation that thoroughly and accurately assesses potential environmental liabilities. Although a Phase I ESA performed by one environmental consultant may sound as good as the next, not all Phase I’s are created equal.

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A defensible Phase I ESA is an indispensable element of thorough due diligence. Particularly in light of the All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) Final Rule, knowing and fulfilling the criteria for protection from liability can avert substantial cleanup responsibility down the road. The AAI Final Rule established specific regulatory requirements to qualify for certain landowner liability protections under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and corresponding state regulations.

The list below presents the facets of a Phase I ESA that should be considered before you select an environmental consultant to assess your property. The following are attributes of a Farallon Phase I ESA, which distinguish Farallon services from those of other consulting firms:

  • Is CERCLA defensible – meets AAI criteria for liability protection.
  • Includes an Executive Summary, which facilitates reading findings and conclusions.
  • Is completed by an Environmental Professional with a minimum of 5 years' due diligence experience.
  • Includes comprehensive regulatory and historical reviews.
  • Incorporates actual local and regional knowledge.
  • Is formatted as a client-customized report, not a checked form or template.
  • Includes in-depth interviews with those knowledgeable of the site.
  • Includes a complete regulatory database report.
  • Includes photographs of identified environmental concerns.
  • Is issued in electronic format.

Another benefit of our Phase I ESAs is our open communication with our clients throughout the process. When we make a significant discovery at a property, we let our clients know right away, rather than delaying disclosure until we deliver a written report. Additionally, our integrated suite of environmental consulting services means a seamless transition from Phase I work into further investigation when we identify an issue at a property requiring follow-up. Having knowledge of the property expedites evaluation of cleanup requirements and costs, and implementation of necessary cleanup.

For our clients who require a Phase I ESA scope of work tailored to specific property conditions, we assist with integrating out-of-scope items such as property condition assessments, hazardous building material surveys, and other business-risk assessments.

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Proficiencies

Property Conditions Assessment

Commercial property and building inspections give our clients important information about the condition of a property or real estate they may be purchasing, leasing, financing, or maintaining. The property condition assessment report may...

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Hazardous Building Materials Survey

This survey is often completed during the due diligence process alongside a Phase I ESA or immediately upon a property transfer or acquisition. The HBMS is intended to identify materials that could be harmful if they are not removed...

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Project Experience

Brownfield Due Diligence

Brownfield Due Diligence

Investors considering the purchase of a valuable San Francisco Bay-area Brownfield property needed...

Asphalt And Concrete Plants

Asphalt And Concrete Plants

The project included conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments for approximately 20 properties...

Converting Property from Agricultural to Residential

Converting Property from Agricultural to Residential

Farallon is negotiating regulatory closure for a property with historical pesticide releases to soil,...

Industrial facility phase II jobsite

Industrial Facility Due Diligence

Farallon managed and conducted a Phase I ESA and a Phase II Subsurface Investigation at a Seattle...

Environmental Concerns at Industrial Property

Environmental Concerns at Industrial Property

A 5-acre undeveloped lot in an industrial area of Salt Lake City was offered for purchase and...

Auto Dealership Phase IIs

Auto Dealership Phase IIs

Farallon managed Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and Phase II subsurface investigations...

job site major medical center

Major Medical Center

Farallon recently completed a series of Phase I ESAs and environmental compliance audits for a...

Fast-Track Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Regulatory Agreement

Fast-Track Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Regulatory Agreement

Farallon was engaged to perform environmental due diligence at a warehouse formerly used for...

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Meet Our Team

headshot of Tina Huff Tina M. Huff Principal Regulatory Specialist, Director of Business Development

Tina is an environmental professional with over 19 years of experience in environmental due diligence and environmental regulatory compliance. Tina has provided technical services regarding environmental...

headshot of Chuck Esler Chuck Esler Principal Scientist

Chuck has more than 28 years of experience providing environmental consulting services to a wide array of commercial, industrial, and public sector clients. He has successfully completed hundreds of environmental...

headshot of Craig Ware Craig Ware Principal Hydrogeologist, Oregon Operations Manager

Craig has 30 years of experience in providing consulting services to clients on the West Coast and nationally for acquisition, cleanup, reclamation, and redevelopment projects. His expertise includes...

Headshot of Heidi Yantz Heidi Yantz Senior Hydrogeologist

Heidi has over 20 years of experience in site assessment and cleanup activities at a wide variety of urban facilities and rural properties. She works closely with clients to develop options and recommendations...

headshot of James Schwartz James Schwartz Principal Geologist

James is a well-seasoned advisor with 25 years’ experience in solving his clients’ complex environmental problems. While he specializes in due diligence and property redevelopment, he also handles a wide...

Headshot of Kathy Lehnus Kathy Lehnus Senior Geologist

Kathy has over 24 years managing projects in the environmental consulting industry, helping clients understand the risks associated with the purchase and redevelopment of contaminated or potentially contaminated...

headshot of Richard Makdisi Richard Makdisi Principal Geochemist, Oakland Office Manager

Richard is a Principal Geochemist and has more than 36 years experience in hazardous management, geoscience engineering, geochemistry, and geohydrology. Richard has hands-on experience managing regional and site...

Headshot of Scott Allin Scott Allin Principal Environmental Scientist

Scott is a Registered Environmental Property Assessor (R.E.P.A.) with 30 years of experience in the evaluation and reporting of environmental liability associated with the sale or Brownfields redevelopment of...

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