February 6, 2014

On December 30, 2013, the EPA approved the use of a new ASTM Phase I environmental site assessment standard, E1527-13 ("2013 Standard"), in order to satisfy the CERCLA "all appropriate inquires" rule and qualify for certain liability defenses, such as the contiguous property owner defense, and innocent and bona fide purchaser safe harbors. The EPA, however, did not rescind its endorsement of the previous standard, E1527-05 ("2005 Standard"). [More...]

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