Tuesday, March 2, 2010

EPA Takes Public Comment On All Appropriate Inquiry Standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) has scheduled a listening session on EPA’s All Appropriate Inquiries standards, as promulgated as a final rule on November 1, 2005. The All Appropriate Inquiries rule (70 FR 66070) sets federal standards and practices for conducting all appropriate inquiries, as required under Sections 101(35)(B)(ii) and (iii) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

The listening session will be held on March 17, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 (noon). The listening session will take place in room 1153 of the EPA East Building at 1201 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington D.C.

The purpose of the session is for EPA to listen to the views of stakeholders and the general public on the current standards and practices for all appropriate inquiries. EPA wants to provide stakeholders and the general public an opportunity to comment on the current implementation of the standards.

The listening session is open to the general public. Anyone wishing to provide their views to EPA on the rule, or to listen to the views of other parties, are invited to attend the listening session. Any person may speak at the listening session; however, EPA encourages those planning to make oral comments to pre-register with the Agency.

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