New Tools & Potential Risks in Environmental Due Diligence

In an article published in the February 2017 issue of Properties magazine and titled, "New Tools & Potential Risks in Environmental Due Diligence," Leslie G. Wolfe and David Ricco encouraged parties to real estate transactions to remain up-to-date on emerging issues in environmental due diligence, in order to increase the chances for the success of their projects. [More]

EPA Proposes Ban on Certain Uses of TCE - Expanded authority allows regulation of chemicals already in commerce

In its first significant action under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act of 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposal to ban the manufacture, import, processing, distribution and commercial use of the chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) for aerosol degreasing and spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities. The EPA’s proposal, issued December 7, 2016, also seeks to require manufacturers, processors and distributors, (not including retailers) to provide downstream notification of TCE use prohibitions throughout the supply chain and to keep limited records. [More]

EPA Includes Asbestos Among the First Ten Chemicals Identified for Review Under New TSCA Legislation

On November 29, 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first ten chemicals it will prioritize for risk evaluation under the recent legislative amendments to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Asbestos has been included in EPA's priority list. This portends that EPA may attempt to restrict or ban asbestos-containing products and/or their manufacture, importation, processing, or distribution in commerce through its authority under TSCA. Previous attempts by the agency to restrict or ban asbestos through rulemaking have been unsuccessful. [More]

Ohio EPA "Digs Up Ideas" for the Beneficial Reuse of Lake Erie Dredged Sediment

On May 11, 2016, nearly two hundred public employees and members of the business community gathered at Lorain County Community College to help the Ohio EPA explore ways to repurpose material dredged from Lake Erie's harbors. The "Dredged Material: Make It Your Business – Digging up Ideas Workshop" included brainstorming sessions where participants debated new ideas for using dredged material and overcoming the financial, technical, and regulatory obstacles to such use. [More]