Lawyers’ View of EPA’s Draft Final Guidance for Vapor Intrusion: Public Comments Are Needed to Advocate for a More Practical Approach

June 5, 2013Articles Bloomberg BNA Environment Report

The Environmental Protection Agency’s draft ‘‘final’’ guidance for conducting vapor intrusion evaluations released April 16, 2013, appears to take a significant step toward establishing a comprehensive and consistent approach to vapor intrusion investigations. However, according to the authors of this article, EPA’s inclusion of a series of overly conservative assumptions and steps throughout the guidance will exacerbate existing challenges for vapor intrusion investigations and burden property owners, communities, and responsible parties with vapor intrusion studies that may not be warranted. They urge all interested parties to review the guidance thoroughly and provide EPA with comments and insight based on practical experience gained from years of these investigations.

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