Smart Second Looks Save Years, Dollars In Resolving Environmental Claims

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Environmental contamination disputes often drag on for many years and sometimes for decades, often resulting in repeated, costly and inconclusive field investigations and sampling. Particularly for large NPL sites under long study, such as estuaries with toxic sediments, or mining sites, mindless adherence to approaches designed for small sites can add years and tens of millions of dollars to studies, without improving environmental results.

Likewise, many contaminated commercial locations where issues were thought to have been resolved years ago may be reopened as EPA and states pay more attention to vapor intrusion problems and as EPA considers tightened standards for chlorinated solvents like TCE. These problems may affect many in commercial real estate, those who finance real estate transactions, as well as major manufacturers, mining and oil companies.

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