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11.3.2005

Changes In Store for Environmental Assessments: EPA Releases Final “All Appropriate Inquiry” Rule

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) on Tuesday, November 1, published its final “All Appropriate Inquiry” (“AAI”) Rule, setting out the first federal standards for conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments. Under the new AAI rule, anyone who purchases, finances or refinances commercial or industrial property, or seeks federal grant money for contaminated site characterization and assessment will need to comply with the rule in order to be protected from liability under the federal Superfund law, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”). View full article (PDF).