Will the Phase 2 ESA interfere with my onsite operations?

Performing a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment at an active facility like a gas station, dry cleaner, or other retail business does have the potential to cause some disruptions, but there are ways to minimize interference with operations:

  • Schedule sampling during less busy times and isolate portions of the site so most operations can continue unaffected. Sampling a fuel island at a time rather than closing the entire station.
  • For components like underground storage tanks, dispensers, and piping runs, much assessment and even remediation can happen without significantly curtailing station functions.
  • Testing within building interiors, especially if assessing vapor intrusion, may require temporarily closing access to certain areas which could impact site merchandising or office functions. This should be scheduled carefully.
  • Work with the assessment team to stage equipment, schedule noisy assessment activities like drilling or hammering outside of overnight hours if onsite businesses could be affected. Night work may be possible.
  • Establish clear pathways and protective areas for vehicle movement so customer access and deliveries can still occur even if certain areas are under assessment.
  • If more significant closures are unavoidable, provide ample advance notice to staff and customers citing regulatory requirements, make alternative arrangements to meet business operations needs.

With proper planning, oversight and communications, many Phase II field assessment activities can be structured to avoid major disruption, especially for facilities already accustomed to maintenance, upgrade and repair projects. Significant remediation actions would likely be more invasive.

Nicholas Moran

Nicholas Moran

Nicholas Moran grew up in sunny south Florida and lives in Boca Raton. He studied geologist and is a licensed professional geologist. He helps environmental and engineering companies implement software solutions to improve their efficiency and effectiveness and is Senior Geologist at MORAN ROCKS LLC, a boutique environmental consulting firm that uses the latest technology and workflow solutions to deliver personalized service at competitive prices.