The Phase 1-2 Punch: Seventh Circuit Affirms Strict Enforcement of All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) and ASTM Issues Revised Standard for AAI Compliant Due Diligence

JD Supra by Joseph Brendel

At the same time that Federal courts are strictly enforcing the requirements for All Appropriate Inquiries, ASTM International (“ASTM”) has issued additional, potentially challenging revisions to the E1527 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process (“Phase I Standard”). The revisions to the Phase I Standard were approved by ASTM on Nov. 1 and publication is anticipated shortly thereafter. 

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EPA to Hold Building Managers Responsible for Lead-Based Paint Safety Requirements

EPA  Washington, DC

EPA announced its intent to improve compliance and strengthen enforcement of the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule as it applies to property management companies (PMCs) that perform, offer, or claim to perform regulated renovations without certification from the EPA in pre-1978 housing or child-occupied facilities. The notice explains the circumstances where a PMC must obtain certification from the EPA and ensure that renovations in the homes they manage are performed by certified firms and employees trained to use lead-safe work practices. 

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