Larry Schnapf

EPA Withdraws Final Rule That Would Have Recognized ASTM E1527-21 While Continuing To Recognize ASTM E1527-13

As we  predicted,  EPA received numerous negative comments to its Direct Final Rule that would have recognized that the new ASTM E1527-21 phase 1 standard may be used to comply with the All Appropriate Inquires (AAI) rule for asserting certain landowner liability defenses and qualify for brownfield grants. All of the comments criticized EPA’s plan to …

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NYSDEC Unveils Revised BCP Application As Application Fee Becomes Effective

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) revealed its revised Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application which reflects changes made the recent Budget agreement.  We previously discussed the revisions to the BCP here. The revised application which took effect on April 25th is available here . The revised form require applicants to provide new and …

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NY Budget Deal Extends BCP But Sloppy Language May Hamper Use of BCP for Affordable Housing Projects

The New York State budget process is notorious for its murky and secretive process. Under the State Constitution, the Governor proposes a budget in mid-January that contains substantive policy legislation and can unilaterally amend the proposal within 30 days. After the 30-day period expires, amendments can only be made with consultation of the Senate and …

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My Article on Why Joint Liability Should No Longer Be the Default Standard Under CERCLA

When Congress enacted the federal Superfund law in 1980, it provided that liability should be governed by evolving notions of common law. The Second Restatement of Torts was in effect at the time the law was passed and favored imposition of joint liability when two or more parties created a common harm. However, there has …

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Expect Adverse Comments as EPA Drops Ball on ASTM Recognition

In our prior blog, we announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) would publish a proposed rule and direct final rule proposing to amend and amending the All Appropriate Inquiries rule (“AAI”)  to reference the revised ASTM E1527-21 ‘‘Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process’’ (“E1527-21”) and allowing it to …

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EPA Scheduled to Publish Recognition of ASTM E1527-21 in March 14th Federal Register

EPA has released a pre-publication copy of its proposed and direct final rule to recognize E1527-21 as a method for complying with its All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) Rule.  If EPA does not receive any negative comments, the final direct rule will become effective upon the expiration of the public comment period. Upon the effective date, …

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Governor Hochul Announces Support For BCP Extension and Reform in State of State Report

Governor Kathy Hochul announced support extending the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) in her State of the State report today. In addition to extending the BCP tax credits which are scheduled to sunset at the end of this year, the Governor’s State of the State Book states that: The Governor will also expand the tangible property …

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NYSDEC Proposes New Brownfield Regulations

NYSDEC has finally issued its long-awaited amendments to the Part 375 Regulations governing the state Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP). The proposed revisions were published in today’s State Register and are available from the agency website. The regulations reflect NYSDEC’s interpretation of the changes brought about by the 2015 BCP amendments.  The agency actually developed the …

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NYSDEC Proposes New Water Quality Guidance Values for Emerging Contaminants

On October 6, 2021, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) proposed Released new water quality guidance values (GVs) for emerging contaminants Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), and 1,4-Dioxane (1,4-D). The new guidance values are established in a draft addendum to Technical and Operational Guidance Series (TOGS) 1.1.1: Ambient Water Quality Standards and Guidance …

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