Author Archives: Justin Ripple

New EPA nominee faces hard road to confirmation

  Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), advanced in the Senate confirmation process by a 10-8 party line vote on Thursday. The vote occurred one week after Republican members of the Senate Environment and … Continue reading

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A regulatory compliance history of the West Fertilizer Plant in Texas

  Please scroll down for more original TCEQ documents. The West Chemical and Fertilizer Company started in 1962 on the outskirts of Abbot Hill, Texas – just under five miles northeast of its current location in the town of West. … Continue reading

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Phase I ESA changes expected with ASTM E1527-13

  Many in the environmental industry are concerned about the upcoming proposed changes to ASTM E1527-05, the protocol established by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) to advise environmental professionals on best practices when conducting a Phase I … Continue reading

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Keystone XL and pipeline leaks in the United States

  Most everyone has heard about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline at this point. The international pipeline is proposed to deliver Canadian crude oil from northeastern Alberta to markets and refineries in the United States. The pipeline is already partially … Continue reading

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Common abbreviations used by the TCEQ

  When conducting state agency file research it’s important to know the lingo. Reports and correspondence documents found at the Central Registry are loaded with technical jargon and acronyms. This is a brief guide to the most common acronyms used by the … Continue reading

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Love Canal disaster and the origin of CERCLA: Part 1

    The Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act – also known as CERCLA or Superfund – has changed the landscape of legal precedent and liability in cases of environmental contamination. It is the driving legislation behind Phase I … Continue reading

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New Jersey case highlights need for environmental due diligence in residential transactions

  Image: Sean O’Flaherty In recent years it has become clear that home buyers need to be just as mindful of conducting environmental due diligence as commercial property owners. As we develop and redevelop properties, determining prior uses is crucial … Continue reading

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Researching environmental activity/use limitations (AULs)

  Environmental activity/use limitations (AULs) are legal restrictions filed for two main reasons: The prevention of exposure to environmental contamination and the management of public health and environmental risks associated with a property that has been contaminated. It is important … Continue reading

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Three things to consider when researching inherited lands

  When conducting an environmental chain of title, or any historical property research, you will eventually encounter inherited lands. Family conveyances become much more prevalent as you work your way backward in the property history. With so many different ways … Continue reading

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Three steps to conducting a chain of title in virtually any US county

  For county-level title researchers, the “70-year chain of title search” is one of the most complex and labor-intensive searches. Title searches often require a researcher to revisit a time when property ownership laws and practices were much different than … Continue reading

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