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ASTM E1527-13: Phase I Site Assessment Standard; Material Changes to Meet Inquiries Requirements and Limit CERCLA Liability

OnDemand Webinar (91 minutes)

Learn how conducting ESAs using the new ASTM E1527-13 standard will satisfy the requirements for all appropriate inquiries under CERCLA.

On Nov. 6, 2013, the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) published its updated environmental assessment standard (ESA) for Phase I environmental site assessments. The new standard, E1527-13, includes material changes from the old standard and provides clarity regarding the scope of an ESA.

This ondemand webinar will explain how conducting ESAs using the new ASTM E1527-13 standard will satisfy the requirements for all appropriate inquiries under CERCLA. This will entitle the property owner to CERCLA liability protections, such as the bona fide prospective purchaser defense and innocent landowner liability protections.

For proper due diligence in identifying recognized environmental conditions on the property, counsel and their clients should conduct ESAs using the new ASTM E1527-13 standard. Counsel and their clients should also update all related due diligence policies and processes to reflect the new standard.

Authors

Margaret Anne Hill, Blank Rome LLP Frank L. Tamulonis III, Blank Rome LLP

Agenda

Overview of CERCLA All Appropriate Inquiry Requirement (AAI)

• CERCLA Defenses and Limitations on Liability

• Explanation of All Appropriate Inquiry Requirements

• Explanation of the Role of ASTM E1527

Explaining the Difference Between ASTM E1527-05 and ASTM E1527-13

• Vapor Intrusion Evaluation

• Records Review Requirements

• New or Modified Definitions

• Other Changes and Modifications

Practical Considerations

• Possible Affect on Litigation and Judicial Standards

• Affect on Environmental Professionals

• Advice to Environmental Attorneys

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