What is a Phase II Soil Survey ?
The Phase II Soil Survey characterizes the extent and degree of potential soil and groundwater
contamination stemming from the RECs found in the Phase I ESA.
When should a Phase II Soil Survey be conducted ?
Whenever a Phase I ESA determines that there is one or more existing RECs for a Property, or when the owner suspects or
knows of a potentially hazardous environmental or health condition existing on a Property, a Phase II Soil Survey should be
performed. This is done to in order to determine if regulated substances have been release into the soil or groundwater.
Non-disclosure (hiding) of known environmental conditions from potential buyers, renters, tenants, or lessors can lead to serious
consequenses including lawsuits.
What does a Phase II Soil Survey include ?
Phase II Soil Surveys typically employ a soil and/or groundwater sampling device. Depending on the sample location
and depth, three methods of sample retrieval may be used: 1) a truck-mounted drill rig (direct push or hollow stem auger) to collect
deep samples or install temporary groundwater monitoring wells; 2) a limited-access rig to collect samples in tight or interior
locations, and/or 3) a hand auger to collect shallow samples.
After sampling, the soil and/or groundwater samples are labeled and delivered to a certified laboratory for analysis. The
analyses performed will depend on the nature of the suspected material release.
Who can perform a Phase II Soil Survey ?
A Phase II Soil Survey should be performed by a professional who is experienced in geology, subsurface contaminant
movement, and soil and groundwater sampling procedures. In addition, the Phase II Site Investigation should be managed
by a professional having a minimum of a Masters in Geology, and preferably a Professional Geologist (P.G.) or Professional
Engineer (P.E.) Certification.
What standards control the performance and scope of a Phase II Soil Survey ?
Numerous ASTM standards are related to the performance of Phase II Soil Surveys, and include:
How much does a Phase II Soil Survey cost ?
The cost to perform a Phase II Soil Survey is based on a number of variables including: the location,
size of the Property, type of suspected contaminant, depth to groundwater, number and type of analyses, etc.
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