Phase 1 Desk Study

Phase 1 Desk Study

The Principal aims of an appropriate Phase 1 Desk Study is to assess the likelihood of the presence of contamination, its nature and extent across the study area/s. Additional focus is made to evaluate the site environmental setting and to identify possible environmental and human receptors and ultimately to identify Plausible Pollutant Linkages (PPL’s).

A desk study is principally focussed at data collection to enable consideration in relation to the site setting. Important information includes:

  • Site location
  • Topography
  • Surroundings
  • Current site usage
  • Surrounding site usage
  • Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrology
  • Ecology
  • Archaeology
  • Site walkover

Information on Potential Contaminants or items for consideration is often obtained from a range of sources that include:Industry Profiles

  • Environment Agency and DEFRA guidance
  • Registered processes
  • Trading standards
  • Pollution Incidents
  • Local knowledge

A good desk study is the foundation of a robust geoenvironmental assessment and can be executed within very short timescales. ESP recommends utilising a Desk Study as part of most assessments as the potential savings (through focussed/targeted follow-up work) can be significant. For more information, please contact us.

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