The Technology of Institutional ControlsInstitutional controls for brownfields relate to a concept that has evolved during the last ten years, and continues to change. This evolution started soon after risk-based closure concepts found their way into state voluntary cleanup programs. Risk-based closures result in exit strategies for site cleanup that protect human health and the environment, but do not necessarily restore a site to a pre-contaminated condition. Therefore, since the closed site may have some level of residual chemical constituents after remedial actions, land use controls are frequently placed on a site to limit the future use to risk-use scenarios on which the closure was based. These land use controls (LUCs), referred to in some states as “environmental land use controls” or ELUCs, are typically composed of institutional controls and/or engineered barriers. Institutional controls usually refer to regulatory methods to maintain closure site conditions, whereas engineered barriers usually refer to physical methods to control…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