by CINDY J. KARLSON
Parties to real estate transactions are familiar with obtaining Phase I Site Assessment Reports to assess environmental conditions and associated risks. However, there are new developments stemming from a revised technical standard combined with the U.S. Environmental Protection’s (EPA) proposed rule amending its All Appropriate Inquiry Rule.
By ELIZABETH C. BARTON
As of October 1, 2013, Connecticut property owners have another tool in the contamination remediation toolbox. Public Act No. 13-308 revised the statutory provisions governing Environmental Land Use Restrictions (ELURs), which were first created in 1994.
By KEVIN M. TIGHE
In 1971, the General Assembly enacted the Environmental Protection Act of 1971 (CEPA), Connecticut General Statutes §§ 22a-14 through 22a-20. Section 22a-15 declares that “[i]t is hereby found and declared that there is a public trust in the air, water and other natural resources of the state of Connecticut and that each person is entitled to the protection, preservation and enhancement of the same.
By EMILEE MOONEY SCOTT
Title I of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) sets forth the process through which “new” chemical substances are introduced into commerce, and provides for testing and evaluation of existing chemical substances under certain circumstances.
By BRIAN FARNEN and ALEX KOVTUNENKO
In 2012, Connecticut passed legislation which gives property owners access to 100 percent upfront, low-cost, long-term financing for building energy upgrades. Commercial & Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) is an innovative financing program to increase access to cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable energy.
By DIANE WHITNEY
“The Fog comes in on little cat feet,” according to Carl Sandburg, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tells us that vapors come in through cracks in basements, utility lines, and the like — considerably less poetic and of greater concern. This concern may soon be heightened because EPA plans to issue a new vapor intrusion “guidance,” probably before the end of this year.