Expert: Phase 1 assessments can detect unnoticed contamination

11/20/2012 | GlobeSt.com

A Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment is necessary even for a property deemed low-risk, Jenny Redlin writes, because a long-time residential site may have once been home to a gas station, for example. Neighboring properties also could pose contamination threats, possibly via vapor intrusion, and thereby hurt property values, Redlin writes. "If you are a buyer and want to obtain protection from CERCLA liability, then yes you need a Phase 1, as this is the only way to obtain CERCLA liability protection and maintain your innocent landowner defense," she writes.

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