A property in Halifax County, Virginia, was being considered as a site for a solar power generation facility. Schnabel performed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) of the 329-acre property, which is comprised of two parcels. The lands are mostly wooded and undeveloped, and were historically used for tobacco and timber farming.

As part of the ESA, we performed a visual inspection of the property; a limited visual inspection of adjacent properties; a review of available information about the subject property’s topographic, geologic, and hydrogeologic setting; a review of historical information sources; and interviews with past and present owners and occupants, state and local government officials, and other persons familiar with the property’s past and present uses.

Using this information, we identified potential environmental concerns, recognized environmental conditions, and identified other environmental issues that may affect future activities at the property. We identified several municipal solid waste (MSW) debris fields that appeared to represent several decades of surficial disposal of municipal waste. The MSW debris fields consisted of 55-gallon drums, buckets, automotive fuel tanks, wood and metal refuse, among other various debris. We concluded that environmental impairment is limited to portions of the property where extensive MSW dumping occurred.