Larry Schnapf

Continuing to Struggle with CERCLA liability, the 7th Circuit Holds that a Phase 2 ESA Satisfies AAI

The Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit has long struggled with interpreting the scope of CERCLA liability, often issuing poorly-reasoned and inconsistent decisions. This trend continued with its recent opinion in Von Duprin vs Moran Electric Service, Inc., et al,  2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 26726 (7th Cir. 9/3/2021) where the court issued a number …

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Property Owner Fails to Qualify as BFPP Because Phase 1 Did Not Contain EP Certification

A property owner failed in its bid to qualify as a CERCLA bona fide prospective purchaser because its phase 1 did not contain the environmental professional certification required by the section 40 C.F.R. § 312.21(d) of EPA’s All Appropriate Inquires (AAI) rule. In Von Duprin LLC v. Major Holdings, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 26726 (7th …

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NYS Budget Includes Limited Covid-Related Brownfield Amendment After Stakeholders Request More Comprehensive Reforms.

In a prior Post, we discussed that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed executive budget for Fiscal Year 2022 provided an extra two years for owners of brownfield projects that received COCs between March 20, 2010 through January 1, 2012 to claim the qualified tangible property tax (QTP) credit. The extension was intended to provide relief to …

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In response to Covid Crisis, Governor Proposes to Extend Brownfield Tax Credits for Some Sites

Much like with the Great Recession of 2008, the Covid crisis has caused many brownfield projects to stall. As a result, BCP projects that received their Certificate of Completion (COCs) in 2010-11 are at risk of losing the right to claim the tangible property tax credit since the ten year period to put the property …

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NY State Appeals Court Rules NYSDEC Improperly Denied BCP Application

A state appeals court overturned a lower court decision and ruled that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) had improperly denied a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application. In the Matter of Wythe Berry, LLC v. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 2020 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 7234 (App. Div.-2nd Dept. 11/25/2020). …

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OER Launches Revised Searchable Property Environmental E-Database (SPEED 2.0)

The New York City Office of Environmental Remediation released an update to its Searchable Property Environmental E-Database (SPEED 2.0) environmental mapping tool in April. SPEED is a useful due diligence tool that allows users to obtain environmental information at a city, borough, neighborhood or site level. All of SPEED’s data is regularly updated to provide …

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Supreme Court Rules Discharges To Groundwater Could Require Clean Water Permit

For the second time this week, the United States Supreme Court surprised environmental groups when it held in County of  Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund that the Clean Water Act permitting requirements applied not only to direct discharges of pollutants from point sources but also to discharges to groundwater that are the “functional equivalent” of …

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Ohio Revises Vapor Intrusion Guidance

The Ohio EPA Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization’s (DERR) issued revised vapor intrusion Guidance.  The document was developed using established guidance from the United States (U.S.) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Interstate Technology Resource Council (ITRC), American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), and other states. The agency gave a special thanks to the …

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Minnesota Issues Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Guidance For Parking Facilities

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) issues a guidance document for design and operation of parking facility that will be used as a mitigation option for vapor intrusion.  The Guidance applies to both proposed and existing parking facilities. The agency states that while current codes require both physical barriers and ventilation to provide continuous air …

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California Proposes Revisions To Vapor Intrusion Guidance

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the State Water Resources Control Board have issued draft supplemental Vapor Intrusion guidance. The draft “Draft Supplemental Guidance: Screening and Evaluating Vapor Intrusion” was released for review and public comment on February 14, 2020. However, because of the Covid-19 public health emergency, the public comment period is …

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