ASTM Misses Mark with New Vapor Intrusion Standard

April 28, 2008Articles The Legal Intelligencer

Christopher Roe published his article, “ASTM Misses Mark with New Vapor Intrusion Standard,” in the April 28, 2008, online edition of The Legal Intelligencer. Roe, who served as a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials’ (ASTM) Committee E50 and Subcommittee E50-02 to monitor the Vapor Intrusion Standard Practice, submitted the only negative vote and comment on the E50 ballot that had to be resolved by further ballot.

In his article, Roe discusses the Standard Practice E 2600 Assessment of Vapor Intrusion into Structures on Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions, which the ASTM Committee released on March 3, 2008. The Standard is intended to assist real estate buyers or lenders in evaluating relevant environmental conditions.

However, says Roe, “[the Standard] oversimplifies a complex issue, encourages environmental professionals to speculate about unhealthy levels of chemicals found in the indoor air of buildings and undermines the use of the current Phase I Standard to satisfy “all appropriate inquires” under the federal Superfund law.”

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