Mountain Research has extensive experience with all facets of real estate transaction work including Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) and Transaction Screens, in accordance with the standards and definitions established by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM).

A review is conducted of available state and federal databases relative to the subject site including deeds, tax records, and one or more standard historical source records to ascertain historical uses of the site. In addition, a site reconnaissance is conducted for noting general and peripheral site conditions, site uses, and to determine the likelihood of potential environmental liabilities. A visual inspection of the exterior and interior structures is also conducted.

When possible, in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and ASTM standards, Mountain Research interviews the owner/occupants of the property to obtain any historical or useful information relative to the site.  Upon completion, a written report is submitted to the client and any bank or agency requested by the client.

Mountain Research’s geologists and environmental scientists investigate potentially contaminated sites in accordance with ASTM Standards for conducting Phase II ESA’s. Information obtained during these assessments assist the client with evaluating levels of risk and making educated business decisions.

Historically, Mountain Research has performed assessments for projects ranging from multi-hundred acre industrial sites, to the small corner service station throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Our clients include large developers, financial institutions, law firms, petroleum, energy and industrial business operators and government agencies.
Since 1989, we have completed thousands of Phase I and Phase II ESA’s, transaction screens and property condition surveys.