Outlook Newsletter Spring 2016 IssueJohnson Engineering has over 20 years of experience providing environmental due diligence services in the form of Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs). The purpose of these services is to identify and quantify the presence and nature of any hazardous material contamination (e.g. pesticides, heavy metals) or petroleum, that may affect a property’s environmental status. These services are oftentimes required by lending institutions when developing, purchasing, or refinancing property. More importantly, these services provide property owners with the information they need to make informed decisions, have peace of mind, and achieve their goals.

The purpose of the Phase I ESA is to determine whether a subject property is likely to have environmental contamination. Phase I ESAs include researching state and federal government records, evaluating historical use information, performing site reconnaissance, and conducting interviews to identify any recognized environmental conditions (RECs) and/or previously unknown environmental issues for the subject property. Nearby properties are also researched because the mobility of some environmental contaminants (typically petroleum-based) may affect or have the potential to affect the subject property in the future.

If a Phase I ESA identifies recognized or potential issues with a subject property, a Phase II ESA may be required. The purpose of a Phase II ESA is to determine the type, magnitude, and extent of environmental contamination. Our team provides comprehensive testing services to evaluate soil, groundwater, and surface water contamination. Commonly provided services include performing soil borings to test for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and soil and water sampling to test for heavy metals, VOCs, and pesticides. Our team is trained in proper sampling techniques according to FDEP standard operating procedures.

Johnson Engineering has conducted numerous ESAs for a wide variety of private sector clients and governmental agencies throughout South and Central Florida. Our team understands the approach, techniques, and importance of environmental evaluations. For any piece of property – no matter how large or how small – our team is prepared to assist with your environmental due diligence needs.

For more information on how Johnson Engineering can assist you, please contact Annastacia Thomas at [email protected].