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NYSDEC Proposes Revisions to Commissioner’s Policy (CP)-51 Soil Cleanup Guidance

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) has release proposed revisions to its CP-51 Soil Cleanup Guidance. This polcy which was first issued in 2010  describes  procedures for developing soil cleanup levels for contaminants  not otherwise listed in the seven sets of Soil Cleanup Objective (SCOs) set forth in 6 NYCRR Part 375. […]

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Court Finds Triable Issue If Purchaser Can Assert Innocent Landowner Defense Due To Flawed Phase 1

Some of the more interesting CERCLA cases involve lawsuits between current and former property owners. Usually, the current owner assumes it qualifies as bona fide prospective purchaser (BFPP) or for the Innocent Landowner (ILO) Defense and sues the defendant/former owner for cost recovery. The defendant/former owner invariably files counterclaims alleging the current owner/plaintiff is not

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Court Allows Breach of Contract Claim Against Environmental Consultant for Inadequate Records Search to Proceed

Much of the focus of the 2021 revisions to ASTM Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment Standard E-1527 was to clarify the custom and practice for performing historical investigations-particularly for adjoining properties. Unfortunately, for an architectural firm that dabbled in the phase 1 marketplace these clarifications came too late. In Hathaway Homes, Phase II Limited Partnership

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Magistrate Recommends Dismissing EDR Copyright Infringement Case Over Sanborn Maps

In a case that has been closely followed by participants in the environmental due diligence market, a magistrate judge has issued a report (2024 R&R) in Sanborn Library LLC v. Eris Information Inc.,  2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76134 (S.D.N.Y. March 25, 2024) recommending dismissing copyright infringement claims of The Sanborn Library LLC (SBL) against defendant

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NYSDOH Revises Vapor Intrusion Guidance to Add Volatile Petroleum Compounds

In February 2024, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) updated the decision matrices to its “Guidance for Evaluating Soil Vapor Intrusion in the State of New York” (” VI Guidance) to  include 13 volatile petroleum  compounds .  Previously, the NYSDOH decision matrices only assessed potential human health risks for contaminated vapors associated with

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NYSDEC Publishes Notice of Draft Revisions to Part 375 Regulations in State Register

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”)  presented a Valentine’s Day gift to brownfield developers and responsible parties when the New York State Register Published notice of the long awaited overhaul of the NYSDEC Part 375 regulations which  govern the agency’s remedial programs. The actual regulatory language will be availabe on the NYSDEC

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Governor Hochul Signs Bill Amending the Property Condition Disclosure Act

On September 22, 2023, Governor Hochul signed into law a bill that significantly amended the state Property Condition Disclosure Act (PCDA).  The changes become effective on March 20, 2024.  A The PCDA amends the traditional rule of caveat emptor which provides that a seller as no duty to disclose any information about a residential or

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NYSDEC Proposes to Require Financial Assurance for Certain State Superfund and Brownfield Sites

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has released for public comment a draft guidance that would for the first time establish Financial Assurance (FA) for certain state Superfund and Brownfield programs  sites with remedies that require Operation, Maintenance and Monitoring (OM&M). The proposed DER #41 Proposed Guidance would apply to superfund and brownfield

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EPA To Publish AAI Update Withdrawing Reference to ASTM E1527-13

EPA will publish a final rule in the federal register on December 15th amending its All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) Rule by recognizing ASTM E1527-21 as a method for complying with AAI and withdrawing the reference to ASTM E1527-13. The rule will become effective 60 days from the date of publication in the federal register. The

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OER Proposes New Enforcement Rules for Voluntary Cleanup and “E” Designation Programs

Apparently enough property owners are failing to comply with their reporting and inspection obligations for certifying that institutional and engineering controls remain protective of human health and the environment that the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) feels it is necessary to enhance its enforcement authorities. Under recently a proposed rule,   OER would be expressly authorized

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