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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the major components of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?
  2. What is the new federal “All Appropriate Inquiry” rule all about?
  3. Who is qualified to perform environmental assessments?
  4. What types of project documentation are provided?
  5. Will I be able to understand the findings and conclusions of my environmental report?
  6. What information does Apex Environmental need to begin a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?
  7. How long does a typical Phase I take to complete?
  8. Do environmental assessments with high levels of quality, integrity, and service have to cost more than other environmental assessments?
  9. How can I find out what’s going on with my project?
  10. Does Apex Environmental have the insurance necessary for environmental consultants?


    • What are the major components of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment? A Phase I consists of five basic components:  (1) a review of local, state, and federal government environmental records; (2) a review of historical sources pertaining to past site uses and environmental issues; (3) interviews with owners, occupants, and other individuals in regard to property history, property use, and environmental issues; (4) a site reconnaissance to identify present and past uses and recognized environmental conditions, if present; and (5) preparation of a written report describing the Phase I procedures, findings, and conclusions.
    • What is the new federal “All Appropriate Inquiry” rule all about?  The All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) rule was created by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to legislation requiring the establishment of a process for evaluating a property’s environmental condition and assessing potential liability for contamination.  (Click to view “Phase Is and the New AAI Rule”)*
    • Who is qualified to perform environmental assessments?  The AAI rule establishes high levels of professional qualifications for persons conducting environmental assessments.  Because a qualified environmental professional performs all phases of each environmental assessment that Apex Environmental conducts, there will never be any question regarding whether an experienced and qualified person is working on your Phase I.  (Click to view “Environmental Professionals and the New AAI Rule”)*
    • What types of project documentation are provided?  Apex Environmental can provide both hard-copy (printed and bound) and digital (PDF*) versions of all reports, and Apex Environmental is also available for verbal or in-person reports and technical updates and explanations at any time.
    • Will I be able to understand the findings and conclusions of my environmental report?  Although all technical reports are written so as to be readily understandable by the average person, Apex Environmental also delivers the final report, provides an in-person explanation of the results, and answers any remaining questions.
    • What information does Apex Environmental need to begin a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?  Just some general information about the site, names and telephone numbers of the parties involved, and some information regarding the objectives of the environmental assessment.  (Click to view "Phase I Information Sheet")*
    • How long does a typical Phase I take to complete?  Allowing a lead time of approximately 2 to 3 weeks before a property transaction typically provides a sufficient period to conduct the site reconnaissance, gather the necessary government records, interview specified individuals, and prepare the project report.  However, projects can also be completed within shorter time frames if necessary.
    • Do environmental assessments with high levels of quality, integrity, and service have to cost more than other environmental assessments?  No, Apex Environmental’s prices for environmental assessments and consulting are usually lower than the industry average.  Because Apex Environmental is an efficient, organized, and independent small company, business and overhead costs are lower and the resulting savings are passed on to the customer.
    • How can I find out what’s going on with my project?  Apex Environmental provides frequent updates with pertinent information as each project progresses.  You can also call Apex Environmental for further information or to ask questions at any time, even at night or on weekends.
    • Does Apex Environmental have the insurance necessary for environmental consultants?  Apex Environmental is fully insured for professional liability, comprehensive general liability, and pollution impairment liability.  (Click to view Certificate of Insurance)*

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