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Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Phase 1

Phase 1 Environmental Assessment: Making Informed Decisions.
The Phase 1 environmental assessment helps to understand the risks and environmental implications associated with a property before committing financial resources to a project. It is often required by financial institutions or lenders to ensure its value.
It involves collecting data on activities that have taken place on the site or surrounding sites that may have led to soil or groundwater contamination, and includes the following steps:
  • Gathering historical data on the property and adjacent properties
  • Site visit
  • Interviews with current owner(s) and occupants
  • Consultations with local authorities and regulatory bodies
  • Risk assessment
  • Production of a report including a summary of the collected information and recommendations for further action
The Phase 1 environmental assessment has the following main objectives:
  1. Identifying potential or actual environmental issues related to current or past activities conducted on the site under study and in the vicinity.
  2. Assessing actions to be taken if environmental problems are identified.
No sampling is conducted in Phase 1, but if potential or actual environmental problems are identified, a Phase 2 environmental characterization will be recommended when contamination risks are identified.
Spheratest reports are produced in accordance with the general principles of CSA Z768-01 and can be certified under the application of Chapter IV of Section IV of the Environmental Quality Act.
Why Choose Spheratest for Your Phase 1 Environmental Assessment:
  • Reliable data
  • Clear recommendations
  • Prompt execution
  • Availability of professionals
  • Nearly 5000 studies conducted across Québec.
"When faced with a contamination issue, they guided us through resolving the numerous challenges that emerged. Dealing with this kind of unpleasant surprise exposes property owners to a plethora of proven or potential problems. From the outset, Spheratest provided us with the best advice for carrying out decontamination according to industry standards. The company has always demonstrated diligence regarding deadlines. The staff is always courteous, punctual, and available. Everyone I encountered was highly knowledgeable in their field. Furthermore, Spheratest has always been transparent about costs, a major factor in such a stressful ordeal. They are a group of people for whom quality seems to be a cardinal value. Moreover, they treat you as a human being. In such a trial, this is invaluable. It is a top-notch company that I highly recommend."
"I wanted to highlight the excellent work of your project manager. It's truly pleasant to work with her. She is reliable, follows up diligently, and summarizes the issues very well. Our calls last an average of 3 minutes; she doesn't waste my time, and I have all the information I need. It's perfect."
"Thank you very much, I have always felt that you are very professional people. I can tell you that we feel confident with you and see such a difference. Thank you for being on our path to help us navigate through a situation for which we would have otherwise passed, believe me."
"On my site, I expected phases 1 and 2 to be a necessary step, and that we wouldn't discover anything more than what I already knew. But that was not the case. The Spheratest team accompanied me throughout the soil decontamination and rehabilitation process, which was long and full of challenges. Fortunately, they were patient in answering my 1001 questions in the face of my total lack of understanding of what we were finding with every shovel of dirt. They were diligent, available, present, understanding, and flexible to adapt to everything my site required. I greatly appreciated working with the Spheratest team, particularly Isabelle and Benoit, with whom I had many exchanges."