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Voluntary Cleanup - 1988

Event: Minnesota adopts first Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup program (VIC). Action: Property owners can voluntarily enter their site into the state VIC program and through mutual negotiations agree to the level of cleanup that will be required for Minnesota to provide final cleanup approval. Connection: Other Midwestern and Northeastern states follow Minnesota’s lead and begin to establish similar programs and offer assurances for finality of cleanup. For the first time owners are provided with an incentive to voluntarily come forward to disclose environmental information and conduct cleanup. This was a massive shift in environmental policy and improved the process, although many questions arose about this new way of thinking and the liability relief it offered. Against a backdrop of a nation shifting from manufacturing to service (remember, this was the era when American corporations and business writers were looking at Japanese companies as the models of how business should work…Log In to Read Full Article

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