If you require Environmental Due Diligence on rural or forested properties greater than 120 acres, are you using the correct method?
On March 23, 2009, an important amendment to EPA's All AppropriateInquiries (AAI) rule took effect. The amendment recognizes the ASTM E 2247 08 "Standard Practice for EnvironmentalSite Assessments: Phase I EnvironmentalSite Assessment Process for Forestland or Rural Property" as acceptable protocol for meeting AAI under CERCLA. Currently, users and environmental professionals seeking to qualify for one of CERCLA's landowner liability protections must follow either the AAI rule itself or the ASTM E 152705 Standard Practice for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments. The E 152705 standard, however, is not always practical for due diligence being conducted on large tracts of land, such as forestland or rural properties. The E 2247 standard, first developed in 2002, served that purpose, but had not been recognized by EPA as AAI compliant until it underwent some necessary revisions in mid2008. Now environmental professionals conducting AAI compliantPhase I ESAs on rural or forestland properties greater than 120 acres will be able to follow either ASTM E 152705 or ASTM E 224708, in addition to the AAI rule itself.
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