EPA proposes rule to amend CERCLA standards and practices for all appropriate inquiries

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Effective March 14, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is implementing a final rule to amend the CERCLA Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries of contaminated sites.

The rule recognizes the two ASTM standards (ASTM E1527-13 [previous] and ASTM E2247-16 [new]) as consistent with the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule for prospective purchasers of relatively large tracts of rural property or forestlands, including such purchases under a brownfields grant.

The rule applies to prospective purchasers of forest and rural lands who intend to claim a limitation on CERCLA liability in conjunction with the property purchase.

This CERCLA rulemaking simply provides potential purchasers of large forest and rural land tracts alternatives the EPA considers consistent with the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule. This rule may be useful in guiding the conduct and documentation of CERCLA site assessments and investigations for these contaminated sites.

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