Industry WatchEPA 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 email@example.com. President Bush's…Log In to Read Full Article
RACER Trust’s Proving Ground Stimulates Efficiency
Judge Robert Gerber, sitting in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, signed an order in effect creating RACER Trust in March 2011. RACER — for Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response — was handed a portfolio of more than 300 properties scattered over 89 locations in… Read more
Water, Water Everywhere?
While in the following pages I will recount a number of serious localized water shortages, I can tell you at the outset, this will not be another gloom-and-doom scenario to which you are treated daily in your local and national news sources. Now, in my 54th year of professional effort… Read more