Prism guides clients through all phases of environmental assessments, investigation, and compliance to support the transfer of property. We look out for our clients' best interests, ensuring that all potential risks are identified, considered, and communicated to help you make the best decision related to a potential property transfer or redevelopment project.
Our expertise in performing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Phase II Site Investigations provides you with the comprehensive information about a property, helping you make the best decision of a potential property transfer. Thinking about buying or selling a site with known contamination? The Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA) may be the perfect option to consider.
Guiding Clients through Property Transfer
Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
The Phase I ESA is a site-specific practice to assess the environmental condition of property to assist interested parties in evaluating potential risk. Prism performs non-invasive Phase I ESAs following the accepted industry standards established in ASTM Method E-1527-13. A Phase I ESA is performed by conducting research of past and present land usage to uncover the historical likelihood of a hazardous substance release into soil, groundwater, or subsurface vapors from prior operations.
Baseline Environmental Assessments
Purchasers of property located in Michigan have at their disposal a valuable tool for acquiring contaminated property without acquiring the liability associated for investigation and remediation. The Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA) is an evaluation a property that reasonably defines the existing environmental condition at the time of purchase or occupancy. Prism prepares BEAs to protect a purchaser of a property from being liable for existing contamination and a seller from being liable for new releases.
Phase II Site Investigations
A Phase II site investigation is typically performed following the completion of a Phase I ESA that reported the likely presence of hazardous substance usage on a property. During a Phase II site investigation, subsurface soil, groundwater, and/or soil gas samples may be collected to confirm suspected hazardous chemicals in the environment. The complexity of a Phase II site investigation can vary significantly, depending upon site conditions, intended site usage, schedule, and cost.
Documentation of Due Care Compliance
Owners and operators of contaminated property have a legal obligation to ensure contamination is not exacerbated and mitigate unacceptable exposure (Michigan Section 20107a | Section 21340c). Documentation of Due Care Compliance is necessary to comply with the legal requirements of owning or operating a property with known or suspected contamination in soil, groundwater, surface water, and subsurface vapors. Even if you are not liable for contamination, all owners and operators of a Facility have Due Care obligations.