A Stage I Preliminary Site Investigation (PSI) is the first step in
evaluating the likelihood of soil or groundwater contamination to be
present at a site from current and historical uses.
Stage 1 PSI's are also referred to as Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments, or Phase 1 ESA's.
Identifying whether potential environmental liabilities exist, at an
early stage, can circumvent many unforeseen obstacles which may affect the value of the property. A clean site is a good site, both for the environment and the interested parties.
Stage 1 is a non-intrusive investigation that does not require physical
soil or groundwater sampling or analysis. The scope of work for a Stage
1 report includes an inspection and photographic documentation of the
site and adjacent properties, a review of land use and permitting
records, analysis of historical air photos, an historical directory
search, and interviews with knowledgeable sources. Searches of the
Contaminated Sites Registry may also be conducted if necessary.
A Stage 1 provides due diligence for property vendors, prospective
purchasers, and lending institutions, but may also be used to collect
indispensable baseline environmental information about the subject
property for future uses and activities.
RJS Stage 1 reports are conducted in accordance with the Environmental
Management Act, Contaminated Sites Regulation, Canadian Standards
Association (CSA) Standard Z768-01, and other pertinent legislation and
standards within the Province of British Columbia.