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Reviewing EPA’s cleanup liability standards in land deals

Editor’s Note: Amy P. Wang is a member of the Agribusiness, Construction, Environmental, Litigation, Real Estate Development, and Zoning and Land Use Planning Practice Groups at Ward and Smith, P.A. In August 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued – and then retracted – a rule adopting a new standard published by the American Society for Testing Materials (“ASTM”) for parties purchasing real estate to be eligible for certain landowner liability protections under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”). On December 30, 2013, the EPA finally accepted the new standard, ASTM E1527-13, as an alternative...

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