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Land Bank Deal in Philadelphia City Council Could Make Underutilized Properties Available for Redevelopment

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Thousands of underutilized properties in the City of Philadelphia could be made available for redevelopment in the future thanks to an eleventh-hour compromise on the pending Philadelphia Land Bank bill.  The Land Bank bill is intended to streamline the process for getting blighted properties out of the hands of absentee owners (or the City itself)… Continue Reading

Philadelphia Land Bank Moves Closer to Reality

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On October 28, 2013, an amended version of Philadelphia’s Land Bank bill (Bill No. 130156, introduced March 7, 2013, as amended October 28, 2013) was approved by the Public Property and Public Works Committee of Philadelphia City Council on a 6-1 vote.  It now heads to the full Council for a vote.  Philadelphia has over 40,000 vacant… Continue Reading

What Developers Should Know About DVRPC’s Updated Comprehensive Plan

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  Last week, I attended the April meeting of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Environmental Justice Work Group. DVRPC staff presented an overview of its updated comprehensive plan, Connections 2040, which contained eye-opening information that is relevant to developers throughout the Delaware Valley. Holding all else equal – that is, absent implementation of the… Continue Reading

USEPA Issues Vapor Guidance for Public Comment

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This afternoon, April 16, 2013, USEPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response released for public input two draft vapor intrusion guidance documents: a general guidance for all compounds; and one focused on petroleum hydrocarbons released from underground storage tanks. The documents can be accessed at:  http://www.epa.gov/oswer/vaporintrusion. Public input must be submitted by May 24,… Continue Reading

Vapors and Phase I’s, More on the Revision of ASTM’s E 1527

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As indicated in a recent post, ASTM International has developed a revision of the Phase I protocol, Standard Practice for Environmental Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process (“E 1527‑05”) that will be issued this year. A topic being heatedly discussed, especially by consultants, is whether the revised E 1527 will require vapor intrusion evaluation… Continue Reading

Latest Developments in the Revision of Pennsylvania’s Vapor Intrusion Guidance

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In December 2012 we reported on some of the challenges created by the vapor intrusion pathway under the Act 2 brownfields program in Vapor Intrusion and Act 2 – Imperfect Together. This is an update.  On January 29, 2013, the Department convened a meeting of the vapor intrusion subcommittee of the Cleanup Standards Scientific Advisory Board… Continue Reading

US EPA Revises Guidance to Encourage Renewable Energy on Contaminated Land

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On December 5, 2012, US EPA issued a “Revised Enforcement Guidance Regarding the Treatment of Tenants under the CERCLA Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Provision.”  US EPA undertook this effort to encourage reuse of contaminated properties for renewable energy development. However, the updated guidance is broad enough to apply to other tenant situations and may justify consideration of "all… Continue Reading

Vapor Intrusion and Act 2 — Imperfect Together

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Vapor intrusion, the migration of a volatile chemical from subsurface contamination into the indoor air of a building, was not viewed as a significant exposure pathway in 1995 when Act 2 was written into law. It is viewed as significant now. The emerging importance of this pathway poses unique challenges for DEP and responsible parties under Act 2. It also… Continue Reading