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SUPERFUND "ALL APPROPRIATE INQUIRIES RULE": FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ISSUES FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE

December 31, 2013

Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law

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Author: Walter G. Wright

The United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") has issued a December 30th Federal Register Notice stating it is taking final action to amend the Standards and Practices for Conducting All Appropriate Inquiries under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act ("CERCLA"). See 78 Fed. Reg. 79319-79324 (Dec. 30, 2013).

The federal agency states that it is referencing a standard practice recently made available by ASTM International, which it characterizes as a widely recognized standards development organization.

The final rule amends the "All Appropriate Inquiries Rule" at 40 CFR Part 312 to reference ASTM International's E1527-13 (standard practice for environmental site assessments: Phase I environmental site assessment). The agency states it is making clear that persons conducting all appropriate inquires may use procedures included in this standard to comply with the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule.

A copy of the Federal Register Notice can be downloaded below.

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