Recently I was completing a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) on a property in Kansas City, Missouri. The current owner provided Solid Ground Environmental and the buyer with a Phase I ESA that was done for them when they purchased the property.
While reviewing that prior report, I noticed that the consultant identified two significant environmental issues, prior use of the property as a gas station and an auto repair shop. Although these issues were identified, the consultant did not provide the owner with any additional recommendations for follow-up environmental investigations. Because of this, the current owner purchased the property without ever finding out whether tanks remained underground and whether or not the former uses have negatively affected the soil or groundwater at the property.
Solid Ground Environmental’s report noted these recognized environmental conditions and made specific recommendations for additional investigation actions. The subsequent investigation identified significant soil and groundwater contamination that the current owner is now responsible for addressing.
In our experience, very few properties require additional investigations. But when they do you don’t want to be the one left holding the bag!