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Brownfields and Ground Water

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"Policy Toward Owners of Property Containing Contaminated Aquifers" November 1995.
OECA Publication (unnumbered), NTIS Order Number PB96-109145, 10p.
Available on-line from OSWER (10 pp, 1MB)

This fact sheet by the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) summarizes a new EPA policy regarding ground water contamination. The policy was issued as part of EPA's Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative. It is intended to help owners of property to which ground water contamination has migrated or is likely to migrate from a source outside the property. It is based on EPA's interpretation of CERCLA and existing EPA guidance. Under the policy, EPA will not take action to compel such property owners to perform cleanups or to reimburse the agency for cleanup costs. EPA may also consider de minimis settlements with such owners if they are threatened with law suits by third parties.

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