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September 21, 2010 Webinar—How Low Can the Regulators Make You Go: The Dilemma Posed by Cleanup Standards that are Lower Than "Background"

Siros_Steven_COLORBy Steven M. Siros

 

Steven Siros will be one of two presenters at a September 21, 2010 webinar titled:  How Low Can the Regulators Make You Go: The Dilemma Posed by Cleanup Standards that are Lower Than "Background".  When remediating contaminated properties, responsible parties are often faced with the dilemma of deciding how clean is clean. For some chemicals, the new, conservative, risk-based standards result in clean-up criteria that can actually be lower than "background" levels. As a result, sometimes responsible parties are expected to clean up contamination that may not have been caused by industrial operations on a property. This continual lowering of the regulatory clean-up floor has significant ramifications in a variety of contexts, including property transactions, site remediation, toxic tort cases and natural resource damage assessments. The webinar will focus on three specific contaminants: dioxin, arsenic and TCE, each of which has been the subject of recent regulatory actions to lower the applicable cleanup/screening level. Examples of what happens when regulators try to force parties to clean up contaminated sites to below background and practical solutions will be discussed. The webinar is September 21, 2010 from 12:00 to 1:30 CST. To sign-up for the webinar, click here.

TAGS: RCRA

PEOPLE: Steven M. Siros