5 Different Types of Tests Conducted in Phase II Environmental Site Assessment
3 Reasons to Test Your Home for Lead Based Paint When buying a residential, commercial or an industrial property, due diligence in environmental evaluation is critical to ensure that property is safe to own. With strict environmental laws in the country, you can face serious penalties if the property that you own is found to be unsafe for the environment or its inhabitants. As there are strong initiatives to mitigate the negative environmental effect of the buildings and human activities, heavy fines are imposed for violations and in specific cases; there can be criminal charges on the building owner. Therefore, the phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment are required to identify the building’s environmental rating. The phase I consist of the physical site evaluation and inspection of the site to detect any harmful substances or petroleum products. If the results of the Phase I do not come out clean, then the bank loan authority asks the interested party to get Phase II Environmental Site Assessment. Depending on the evaluation of phase I, there can be multiple tests in phase II. The following tests can be done in phase II. It must be noted that almost all tests in phase II are done in the laboratory after preliminary inspection.
Surface Soil Tests If the preliminary tests and the inspection equipment show signs of petroleum products or contamination on the soil, samples of the soils are collected and it is then sent for testing. Multiple chemical tests are conducted on the sample and its contamination level is determined. It helps to determine the level of contamination. Surface Water Test If there is a puddle of water on the surface and there is a sheen of petroleum products or if there is contamination detected through field equipment, then the water samples are collected and analyzed in the laboratory.
Subsurface Soil Tests As the phase I tests are done or field equipment is used in phase II and there are signs of contamination which goes beyond surface soil, the subsurface soil tests are done. In this case, samples are collected through the drilling machine and are taken to the laboratory where these are analyzed. • Dry Wells, Floors, and Catch Basins • If there is a history of hazardous material kept on the site, the phase II will evaluate the dry wells, floors and catch basins. The field equipment will first use to determine the presence of toxins and then sampling will be done. • The results will be prepared in Phase II Environmental Site Assessmentto determine if the toxin levels are within the government defined limits or not.
Drum and Storage Areas If there are drums and other storage areas on the site which have been used to store toxin materials or industrial chemicals in the past, it is better to get them sampled too. The liquid or solid stored in them will be collected and will be analyzed in the light of chemical tests. Indoor Air Quality In case that there are signs of contamination in the building such as asbestos is found in the deck, the air quality testing is done in the Phase II Environmental Site Assessment. Air samples are collected and are examined through physical analysis (color, smell) and chemical analysis.
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