Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

FREY will perform the tasks required for a Phase I ESA “All Appropriate Inquiry” in order to identify any “recognized environmental conditions” at the Site. These tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct a Site inspection. The Site inspection will include a visual inspection of the Site and review of properties which bound the Site.
  • Photograph the Site and the properties which bound the Site;
  • Interview a person knowledgeable about the Site’s history of operations;
  • Completion of a questionnaire by a person knowledgeable of the Site’s history of operations.
  • Review and copy  files for the Site maintained by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health or Environmental Health Division;
  • Review building permits and files maintained by the local building department;
  • Review of records for the Site on file at the local fire department;
  • Review aerial photographs for the Site and surrounding Sites. FREY will obtain aerial photographs as part of the standard due diligence package Environmental Data Resources, Inc. (EDR). In addition, FREY will obtain additional aerials photographs from Continental Aerial Photographs;
  • Review of Sanborn fire insurance maps, an environmental lien report, and reverse phone directories;
  • Review of a government agency database report specifically prepared for the Site by EDR.
  • Prepare a comprehensive report summarizing the findings of the information presented above. The report will document all recognized environmental conditions (REC) and detail the rationale for each item classified as a REC.

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA): An Environmental Review of Site History

The information collected will be evaluated and interpreted in context with the existing on-Site conditions. The final report will meet or exceed the standards set forth in the EPA “Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries and ASTM E1527-13, Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process.” FREY will meet with the clients to discuss site specific investigation needs and the approach to meet the long term goals for the site. Following the conclusion of the meeting, a FREY staff member will be assigned to manage the project from start to finish. Available documents will be reviewed and developed into a background section for subsequent reports and to assist development of a remedial investigation plan.

The objectives of the scope of work described below is to assess past and present land use practices, site conditions, and identify the potential presence of hazardous substances in the soil and groundwater beneath the Site, pursuant to the processes described in the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) guidelines and the “All Appropriate Inquiries” rule promulgated by the EPA.

Examples of FREY’s Environmental Consulting Services

  1. FREY was retained to conduct a Phase I ESA for a property located in North Hollywood. The site consisted of a single story building operating as a car rental facility. FREY identified two RECs as a result of the assessment. Additionally, FREY identified two (2) off-site controlled recognized environmental conditions (cRECs) based on significant amounts of environmental investigation and remediation conducted on nearby properties and an off-Site REC that could be a source of vapor encroachment.
  2. FREY was retained to conduct a Phase I ESA for a property located in San Diego, California. The site consisted of different addresses and several buildings. FREY identified several RECs at the site. FREY also identified chemicals stored at the site as potential RECs that could pose a threat of the property. Off-site RECs that were identified included a auto body and paint shop and a dry cleaner business historically located at neighboring properties. FREY recommended the conduct of an additional soil vapor survey at the site to assess if volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the off-site RECs have impacted the site
  3. Under an As-Needed Environmental Site Assessment contract with the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles (LACCDC), FREY was selected to conduct a Phase I ESA for the properties in Los Angeles, California. Based on FREY’s assessment, it was identified that the site was reportedly used periodically as an illegal dumping ground for construction debris. These identified items were considered RECs and FREY recommended conduct of a Phase II Site assessment.