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Environmental Policies Due Diligence

Charting the Growth of Human Rights and Ethical Reporting in the EU

Increasingly, businesses across Europe must report on a wide range of ethical and related matters in addition to publishing their financial results. Requirements for businesses to undertake non-financial reporting have...more

Human Rights Considerations & Best Practices for Energy Companies

by King & Spalding on

International human rights laws and norms are increasingly playing a role in shaping how energy companies conduct their business all over the world. Shareholders increasingly demand compliance with human rights norms;...more

Mainbrace: October 2015, No. 4

by Blank Rome LLP on

As with the world economy, the shipping markets are currently experiencing a major bout of volatility. The wide range of matters we are handling in our maritime law practice certainly reflects the current swings the shipping...more

EPA Endorses Upgraded All Appropriate Inquiry Standard

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Buyers of real estate and their lenders are familiar with the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. Originally developed in the 1980s in response to the CERCLA statute, the Phase I protocol has been refined over the years. ...more

New Rules Provide for More Detail in Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

by Lane Powell PC on

Doing environmental due diligence in order to come within the “all appropriate inquiry” safe harbor under federal and many state environmental statutes has become a necessary component of the underwriting process for...more

The EPA Approves New Environmental Due Diligence Standard

by Snell & Wilmer on

On December 30, 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final rulemaking recognizing the newly amended ASTM standard practice for Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments, E 1527-13 as...more

New Standard Will Help Clarify Environmental Conditions For Homebuilders

by Bilzin Sumberg on

When you are buying raw land to build homes, you need to know what you are buying. A 100-acre tract of farmland may look pristine to the untrained eye, but an environmental professional may discover a leaking underground...more

US EPA Approves New Standard for Conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued its final rule amending the standards and practices for conducting environmental "all appropriate inquiries" to include a new standard recently made...more

Be Careful What You Look For: EPA Updates “All Appropriate Inquiries” Environmental Diligence Standard

On December 30, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) amended its “All Appropriate Inquiries” rule, which sets out the standard for environmental due diligence in commercial and industrial property...more

Buyers Beware! New Environmental Due Diligence Standard Issued

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

The price of environmental due diligence for commercial real estate transactions just went up. On November 6, 2013, the ASTM International announced the issuance of E1527-13, which is the updated standard practice for Phase I...more

Digging in the Dirt? Allocating Environmental Liability in Real Estate Transactions

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

While adverse environmental conditions may be unavoidable, appropriate due diligence can help both real estate buyers and sellers avoid a liability mess. The conveyance of commercial or industrial real estate often...more

New Phase I ESA Standard To Be Issued In November

by Bilzin Sumberg on

New Standard Will Help Clarify Environmental and Historical Site Conditions For South Florida Developers - A new standard for performing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) is expected to be released in...more

Environmental Due Diligence Standards: Present and Future

by Snell & Wilmer on

The first half of 2013 has experienced greater economic activity than in recent years. The housing market appears to be recovering, albeit slowly. More lending and transactional activity is occurring at the commercial level....more

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