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EPA Clarifies Phase I Standards The EPA will clarify parts of recent amendments to CERCLA to answer questions about innocent landowner provisions and the interim Phase I standard set by Congress in the new brownfield law. The EPA says that “in the case of property purchased on or after May 31, 1997, the requirements for conducting ‘all appropriate inquiry,’ including the conduct of such activities to establish an innocent landowner defense under CERCLA, also will be satisfied through the use of ASTM Standard E1527-2000, (Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment). In addition, recipients of brownfields site assessment grants will be in compliance requirements if they comply with the ASTM Standard E1527-2000.” The clarification will stand until Jan. 2004 when the EPA must produce new rules. The rule will go into effect on March 25, unless the EPA receives negative comments by Feb. 24. Comments can be e-mailed to superfund.docket@epamail.epa.gov. President Bush's…Log In to Read Full Article

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