Category Archives: Overview

Mapping Shallow Volatile Groundwater Plumes in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley prides itself as a leader in environmental sustainability, but opportunities for improvement are ever present.  This post introduces new map-based services showing contaminated groundwater areas in Silicon Valley, helping to provide intuitive environmental data meant to inform all interested stakeholders. The Valley has evolved from former industrial areas that held semiconductor industry that […]

The Release of an Institutional Control Data Schema and Flow

  Marking a big step forward in the “institution” for institutional controls (ICs), on June 10, 2013 the Environmental Information Exchange Network (EIEN) announced the release of an IC Data Exchange. The IC Data Exchange provides a standard means for sharing IC information between separately-owned computer systems – including sharing among different levels of government and between […]

USEPA Releases Final Guidance for Implementing Institutional Controls

The USEPA issued the Final Guide to Planning, Implementing, Maintaining and Enforcing (PIME) Institutional Controls at Contaminated Sites.  This is the second of two guidance documents prepared by the USEPA to inform long-term stewardship of contaminated sites.  In 2000, the first guide was drafted with a focus toward the selection of institutional controls (ICs). In 2000 […]

Brownfield Developer Fails to Meet BFPP Defense; Found Liable Under CERCLA for Removing Concrete Slab Above Contaminated Soil

This Saline, Michigan case adds another decision to similar recent cases such as Ashley II and Robertshaw, which assess whether current owners of contaminated property met CERCLA’s Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser (BFPP) defense.  It also showcases the interesting legal question concerning the relation between BFPP requirements to (1) take reasonable steps, after acquisition, to prevent “releases” and (2) […]

ASTM Publishes Continuing Obligations Guide

After years in the making and on the heels of two recent court decisions addressing “appropriate care,” ASTM published E2790-11, the “Standard Guide for Identifying and Complying With Continuing Obligations.”

Panel at Brownfields 2011 to Discuss Emerging Trends of IC Stewardship

A group of institutional control experts and state and local government experts, in a roundtable setting, will describe and compare thoughts about emerging trends in the IC institution, and particularly IC monitoring and stewardship, during an upcoming educational session at Brownfields 2011 – April 4th at 1pm.

U.S. Mayors Report Touts Brownfield Successes; Stays Silent on ICs

The United States Conference of Mayors recently published “Recycling America’s Land: A National Report on Brownfields Redevelopment.” The report highlighted the successes and benefits of brownfield redevelopment, but stayed silent on the use of Institutional Controls (ICs).  Of course many factors contribute to Brownfield successes but the important role of ICs, and their ongoing stewardship, ought […]

States and Locals Gather on the Web to Talk ICs

A little over a week ago, Terradex hosted a web meeting on institutional controls (IC) efforts at state and local agencies, with a particular focus on the use of one call and local and state cooperation. About 15 participants from EPA, state agencies, local government, and academia gave 3-minute overviews of their IC stewardship efforts […]