The BEA process is a natural extension of the Phase I Environmental Assessment. (ESA). Whenever you purchase a commercial or industrial property, a Phase I ESA is recommended. This will investigate the history of the property to determine the likelihood of contamination at a particular site. If a potential problem is uncovered, testing can occur to confirm or deny the suspicions. If contamination is detected, the site can be declared a Facility, and a BEA may be completed to prevent the buyer form inheriting environmental liability. In some cases, the contamination is already documented, and the BEA process can begin immediately. The BEA will then be prepared following the guidelines set forth by the MDEQ. The document will be used in the future as a tool for distinguishing new contamination from pre-existing conditions.