A Hard Look At A 'Clarified' Site Assessment Standard

Law360, New York (December 4, 2013, 11:56 PM EST) -- In early November, ASTM International published its new version of its “Standard Practice for Environmental Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process” (E1527-13). The new standard revises and replaces the existing phase 1 standard (known as E1527-05) which was published in 2005.

Although ASTM has characterized the E1527-13 revisions as clarifications to the superseded E1527-05, a number of these changes are substantive in nature and are likely to increase the costs of phase 1 reports. E1527-13 also includes a completely revised legal appendix and a new...
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