CERCLA Due Diligence Requirements Revised to Reflect Updated Phase I Standard for Forested and Rural Land

Spencer Fane LLP
Paul Jacobson
July 11th, 2017

Purchasers of rural and forested land need to be aware of a recent change in EPA’s environmental due diligence rules. On June 20, 2017, EPA published a Direct Final Rule in the Federal Register, amending the All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) Rule, 40 CFR Part 312, to reflect 2016 updates to ASTM E2247, a standard for Phase I investigations on rural and forested land.

The AAI Rule sets forth requisite practices for satisfying CERCLA § 101(35)(B) ...

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NY State Sales and Use Tax may Now Be Applied to Environmental Testing

In the recent trial of Exxon Mobil Corp. v. State of New York Tax Appeals Tribunal, 2015 WL 919788, 2015 N.Y. Slip Op. 01840 (3d Dep’t March 5, 2015), the appellate court ruled that environmental testing services are a large part of taxable remediation activities and cannot be listed as a tax exempt service by clients in need of environmental services. The tax law currently differentiates between services that are providing a capital ...

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Controlled Recognized Environmental Concerns (CRECs)

New ASTM Standard Coming………….

 CONTROLLED RECOGNIZED ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS (CRECs)

New term on the market

A client recently said to me; “It seems like every year environmental requirements become more stringent and costly, making more purchasers and lenders request environmental inspections before committing to the real estate transaction”. Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) or Phase I Environmental Site Assessments are the industry standard for assessing a parcel of property environmental quality and part of the due diligence process required ...

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Recent Redevelopment

Local News
New York City and, even more so, Brooklyn is currently seeing a large volume of real estate development and redevelopment. With recent rezoning actions many neighborhoods are being redeveloped for new housing and commercial purposes. American Environmental has been helping in this effort by providing environmental services to numerous clients. Click here to see how we can help you.

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Community Outreach

American Environmental employee Eugene Kuksa, Environmental Scientist, helped our local community by volunteering at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel for over 150 hours over the past year as part of our company-wide effort to make our environment a better and healthier place.

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