The GeoProfessional Business Association (GBA) – formerly known as ASFE – has released a new study on the standard of care for conducting Phase I environmental site assessments. This document is the fourth in a series of studies the organization has produced since the inception of the due diligence process in the early 1990’s. The study is an evaluation of approximately 200 Phase I reports from across the country, written between 2007 and 2010. The results of the study will be a valuable tool in determining whether a Phase I conducted during that time period meets the standard of care or not.

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On January 11, EPA proposed Superfund financial assurance regulations for the hardrock mining industry.  The proposal requires owners and operators of certain types of hardrock mines and mineral processing facilities to give financial assurances of their ability to pay for potential releases of hazardous substances from their facilities, including Superfund cleanup costs, health assessment costs and natural resource damages (NRD).

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EPA sent its final hazardous waste generator improvements rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.  EPA released a proposed version of the rule on August 31, 2015.  The proposal includes several changes to EPA’s current hazardous waste regulations. Continue Reading The White House Receives EPA’s Final Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule

On Monday, August 31, 2015, EPA released a pre-publication version of a proposed rule revising RCRA’s hazardous waste generator regulations. EPA’s stated goals for the proposal are to improve compliance, address regulatory gaps, give hazardous waste generators greater flexibility, and make the regulations more user-friendly. This summary highlights some of the changes proposed by EPA. Continue Reading Proposed Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule

As reported by Law360, Troutman Sanders LLP and members of its Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group assisted Safeway Inc. regarding its recent settlement of retail and pharmaceutical waste issues in California.  The Alameda County District Attorney’s office, along with 43 other California jurisdictions, filed a Complaint and Stipulation of Final Judgment resolving the case for payments of penalties, investigative costs and Supplemental Environmental Projects valued at $9.87 M. Prosecutors alleged that Safeway and its approximately 500 grocery stores and pharmacies, as well as two distribution centers, had improperly disposed of hazardous and medical wastes under state laws regulating the disposal of these materials. Continue Reading Troutman Sanders Team assists Safeway Inc. with Retail and Pharmaceutical Waste Issues in California