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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FEDERAL SHUTDOWN’S IMPACT ON THE EPA AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

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The shutdown of the federal government has effectively closed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for business. According to the EPA’s September 27, 2013 Contingency Plan for Shutdown, 94% of the agency’s 16,205 employees are being furloughed effective today. Essential personnel, such as project managers in the Superfund program and others performing functions necessary to ensure… 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