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In a December 2012 Guidance Memo, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new enforcement principles intended to enhance protections for tenants on contaminated or previously contaminated “brownfield” properties....more
Newly issued guidance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) suggests that prudent long-term tenants of commercial and industrial properties should conduct environmental due diligence before entering into a...more
As real estate development and leasing begin to emerge slowly from the dark days of the Great Recession, it’s important to remember that environmental considerations should not take a back seat to getting a deal done. In...more
As we all prepare for -- or cope with -- the impacts of this storm, we hope you and your loved ones stay safe. Unfortunately, environmental impacts are inevitable. We are mindful that EPA was criticized after Katrina for...more
Important changes to Michigan’s Part 201 cleanup criteria became effective September 28, 2012. Among other revisions, inhalation pathway criteria for both soil and groundwater were made more stringent for several constituents...more
In June 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report identifying formaldehyde as a “known carcinogen” with possible ties to leukemia.
Commentators have speculated that this development may...more
A recent decision of the Florida 1st District Court of Appeal has held that a landowner who purchased commercial property with known existing underground petroleum contamination failed to qualify for both the so-called...more
California Supreme Court justices heard arguments recently in a novel case that could significantly impact the amount insurers must pay to clean up toxic waste....more
In This Issue:
- THE SPREADING WEB OF FOOD RECALL LIABILITY
Suits against Jensen Farms arising from its sale of listeria-tainted cantaloupes are expected to seek more than $100,000,000. These damages are estimated...more
The paper discusses the existing federal laws and regulations and proposed federal laws which apply to hydraulic fracturing activities as well as current studies and enforcement actions concerning the same. The paper also...more
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