EHS performs environmental assessments on property that is leased, purchased or donated to The University of Alabama. It may be surprising, but sometimes people may try to unload questionable properties. The primary purpose is to determine if a full Phase I assessment of the property is recommended. The EHS assessment is composed of:

  • Conducting an inspection of the property.Environmental Assessment 133
  • Determine if there is any evidence of contamination.
  • Evaluate the condition of any structures.
  • Evaluate the possibility of contamination from adjacent properties.
  • Determine if issues such as storage tanks, fueling sites, waste dumps, industrial operations, etc. are present on or near the property.
  • Review location information, maps and aerial photography for the property.

Following this assessment a recommendation is made regarding a full Phase I assessment. In addition to the EHS assessment factors a Phase I would involve:

  • Interview owners and operators of the property.
  • Research public records which reveal past and present property use.
  • Investigate for regulatory reports involving this property.
  • Obtain information regarding the geology or groundwater that may describe the ability of contamination to move onto the property.Environmental Assessment 131

If the Phase I indicates potential issues a Phase II assessment may be advisable. A Phase II assessment involves a much more detailed investigation into historical and regulatory issues involving the property. Soil and groundwater sampling may be done to determine the amount and type of contamination that may be present.

If recommended, a Phase I assessment may be conducted by EHS. Phase II assessments are provided by a qualified engineering firm.

If you need any additional information or have any questions, contact EHS at 348-5905.