The Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) uses existing information to help a community understand the property conditions by examining current and historical uses of the site and potential threats to human health or the environment. Environmental assessments must be completed or overseen by an environmental professional, which may include a licensed geologist, engineer or site professional.
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A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment also helps determine who is potentially liable for environmental contamination found on a property. Performing a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment prior to owning a property is often equivalent to conducting All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI), a necessary practice for obtaining liability protection under CERCLA for prior contamination. When a potential owner conducts AAI (in compliance with the regulations at 40 CFR 312) on a brownfield, he/she may have a defense to liability if contamination is later discovered.