EPA to Phase Out Use of Older Standard for Phase 1 Assessments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comment on its proposal to eliminate the dual standard for compliance with the “All Appropriate Inquiries” (AAI) requirement under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Parties purchasing potentially contaminated property must undertake AAI into prior ownership and prior uses of the property at issue – prior to its purchase – in order to qualify for protection from CERCLA liability.  A copy of the proposed rule is available here.


MBI members would agree that compliance with environmental regulations can be very costly, while falling out of compliance can be even more expensive.  Therefore, MBI works to educate members on environmental regulatory issues and continues to advocate at the state and local levels for common-sense environmental laws and ordinances. 

MBI works to reach common ground in which environmental regulations and business can co-exist.  The construction industry agrees that over-burdensome regulatory authority stymies growth opportunities and hinders the development of creative measures that will foster sustainable construction.

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Chad Kleppe

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