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Enforcement and Compliance Docket and Information Center (ECDIC)
The ECDIC is a policy and guidance database that is searchable by topic.

Brownfields Cleanup Enforcement Policy & Guidance page

Guidance on Windfall Lien Provisions under the Brownfields Law, July 2003 (PDF) (32 pp, 395K,  About PDF)
EPA/DOJ interim guidance on how they generally intend to exercise their enforcement discretion in the context of the new windfall lien provision of the Brownfields Law.

Interim Enforcement Discretion Guidance Regarding Contiguous Property Owners, January 2004 (PDF) (11 pp, 89K,  About PDF)
Guidance on how enforcement discretion may be applied to landowners whose property may be contaminated by a neighbor's actions.

Interim Guidance Regarding Criteria Landowners Must Meet in Order to Qualify for Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser, Contiguous Property Owner, or Innocent Landowner Limitations on CERCLA Liability (PDF) (22 pp, 375K,  About PDF)
Interim guidance discussing the criteria and obligations that must be met to obtain landowner liability protection under CERCLA and the Brownfields law.

Interim Guidance Regarding Liability Limitations in the Brownfields Law (Common Elements Guidance), March 2003 (22 pp, 375K,  About PDF)
Interim guidance regarding the elements common to several liability limitation provisions in the Brownfields Law: bona fide prospective purchasers, innocent landowners, and contiguous property owners.

Policy on the Issuance of Comfort/Status Letters
Policy designed primarily as a liability relief tool to assist parties who seek to cleanup and reuse brownfields. More information is available from the guidance and a model comfort/status letter.

Policy on Regional Determinations Regarding Which Sites Are Not Eligible Response Sites under CERCLA Section 101(41)(C)(i), March 2003 (PDF) (11 pp, 394K,  About PDF)
Guidance document regarding determining which properties should be excluded from the eligible response sites definition under the Brownfields Law.

Prospective Purchasers Agreements Guidance
Guidance providing information about EPA's approach to developing prospective purchaser agreements and covenants not to sue under the new Brownfields law.

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