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CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES VOLUNTARY LEAD TESTING IN SCHOOLS

The Desert Sun, KXTV

February 13, 2017

By: Barrett Newkirk

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IS 5G TECHNOLOGY DANGEROUS? EARLY DATA SHOWS A SLIGHT INCREASE OF TUMORS IN MALE RATS EXPOSED TO CELLPHONE RADIATION

Los Angeles Times

August 8, 2016

By: Jim Puzzanghera

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DOCTORS ISSUE WARNING ABOUT LED STREETLIGHTS

CNN

June 21, 2016

By: Richard G. “Bugs” Stevens

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PARENTS SUE OVER LEAD IN WATER AT NEW JERSEY CITY’S SCHOOLS

Associated Press

May 3, 2016

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BANNING: IN WAKE OF TRAGEDY, SCHOOLS REVAMP RAILROAD SAFETY EDUCATION

The Press Enterprise

September 18, 2015

By: Peter Surowski

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GAS LINE EXPLODES DURING CONSTRUCTION AT A MANHATTAN HIGH SCHOOL

N.Y. / Region

August 20, 2015

By: Liam Stack

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CANCER RISK FROM AIR POLLUTION DROPS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles Times

October 2, 2014

By: Tony Barboza

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SMOG-BUSTING ROOF TILES COULD CLEAN TONS OF POLLUTION, STUDY SAYS

Los Angeles Times

June 6, 2014

By: Tony Barboza

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STATE IS MOVING TO PREVENT SPILLS OF OIL SHIPPED BY TRAINS

Los Angeles Times

June 5, 2014

By: Marc Lifsher

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PLANES’ EXHAUST COULD BE HARMING COMMUNITIES UP TO 10 MILES FROM LAX

Los Angeles Times

May 29, 2014

By: Dan Weikel, Tony Barboza

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NEW MAP COULD REFOCUS STATE’S POLLUTION BATTLES

Los Angeles Times

April 22, 2014

By: Tony Barboza

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TOXIC WASTE WATCHDOG CAN BE GLACIALLY SLOW

Los Angeles Times

December 27, 2013

By: Jessica Garrison, Kim Christensen, and Ben Poston

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MISSOURI GAS PIPELINE EXPLODES NEAR HUGHESVILLE, NO INJURIES REPORTED

Huff Post Green

November 29, 2013

By: Reuters

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EARLY TESTING REVEALS HIGH TOXIC CHEMICAL LEVELS AT MALIBU HIGH SCHOOL

Los Angeles Times

November 22, 2013

By: Matt Stevens

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UPDATE PHASE I ENVIRONMENTAL SITE ASSESSMENT STANDARD

August 22, 2013

The ASTM’s widely-used guidance for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) was recently revised and the updated standard, now known as ASTM 1527-13, was approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on August 15, 2013. The EPA intends to amend what is known as the “All Appropriate Inquiries” Rule (i.e., 40 CFR Part 312) later this year.

As many of you know, “all appropriate inquiries,” or AAI, is a Federally-defined process whereby the environmental conditions at a particular property are evaluated, generally prior to its acquisition. AAI includes the performance of a Phase I ESA and it is essential to establishing property purchaser defenses under Federal law, including exemptions to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA – a.k.a. the “Superfund” law) for bona fide prospective purchasers or innocent landowners.

Following is a summary of the most significant changes to the ASTM Phase I standard:

  • The existing definitions for Recognized Environmental Condition (REC) and Historical Recognized Environmental Condition (HREC) were revised, and are now stated more clearly
  • A new condition, known as a Controlled Recognized Environmental Condition or “HREC,” has been added to the ASTM standard.  The term HREC refers to a site where risk-based closure was granted and additional cleanup is not required. Residual contamination remains at such sites and formal land use restrictions may have been imposed. These sites could represent an ongoing or future obligation for property owners, such as special precautions that might need to be employed during development activities.
  • Risks associated with contaminant vapor intrusion have been emphasized in the revised standard. The potential for vapor migration and intrusion, and the implications for increased liability and diminished property value, have been of increasing concern. Although several options for vapor intrusion assessment will remain, the new standard will likely increase the need for formal evaluations involving testing and analysis.
  • The updated ASTM standard will include stronger recommendations to review agency files for adjacent properties. Expanded file review requirements could expand the time needed to prepare a Phase I ESA report. Thankfully, many California regulatory agencies, such as the SWRCB, DTSC, and CARB, make many of their site records available online, thereby facilitating file review.

At the present time, the revised ASTN standard ASTM 1527-13 is not available for purchase. We will keep this web site updated with an announcement once it can be downloaded from ASTM.

In the meantime, please refer to  http://www.astm.org/ for information about ASTM standards and https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/08/15/2013-19764/amendment-to-standards-and-practices-for-all-appropriate-inquiries for the Federal Register notice regarding AAI Rule amendments.

RATIONAL FEAR

Planetizen

July 29, 2013

By: Todd Litman

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NRDC ISSUE PAPER: BETTER RISK ASSESSMENT TO BETTER PROTECT HEALTH

NRDC

February 22, 2012

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STRENGTHENING TOXIC CHEMICAL RISK ASSESSMENTS TO PROTECT HUMAN HEALTH

NRDC

February 17, 2012

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CHEMICAL-FREE NONSENSE

Los Angeles Times

By: Deborah Blum

January 22, 2012

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THE HIDDEN TOLL OF TRAFFIC JAMS

The Wall Street Journal

November 8, 2011

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THE SMOKESTACK EFFECT: TOXIC AIR AND AMERICA’S SCHOOLS

USA Today

2010

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MOBILE PHONE BASED STATIONS AND EARLY-CHILDHOOD CANCERS: CASE-CONTROL STUDY

British Medical Journal (BMJ)

June 2010

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15 REASONS WHY CELL PHONES CAN CAUSE BRAIN TUMORS

EMF

August 2009

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TRAFFIC FUMES INCREASE THE RISK OF CHILD PNEUMONIA

Guardian UK

January 2010

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CALIFORNIA: A DRIFTING DANGER FOR CENTRAL VALLEY SCHOOLCHILDREN

Los Angeles Times

August 2010

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UCLA FOOTBALL: SERMONS BREAKS LEFT LEG

Orange County Register

April 2010

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MOBILE PHONE RADIATION ‘PROTECTS’ AGAINST ALZHEIMERS

BBC World News

January 2010

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THE IRRATIONAL FEAR OF OUR STATE ROCK

Los Angeles Times

July 2010

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LA SCHOOLS WORRY ABOUT TOXIC PLAYGROUNDS

Courthouse News Services

January 2010

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STUDY FINDS TRAFFIC POLLUTION CAN SPEED HARDENING OF ARTERIES

Los Angeles Times

February 2010

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BEHIND MASS DIE-OFFS, PESTICIDES LURK AS CULPRITS

YALE Environment 360

January 2010

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CLEANING FOR ASTHMA SAFE SCHOOLS

CASH Register

January 2010

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EPA STRENGTHENS SMOG STANDARD

EHS Today

January 2010

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BUT WHO’S COUNTING – The million-billion mistake is among the most common in journalism. But why?

Los Angeles Times

January 2010

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TESTS LINK CANCER TO SNARLED FREEWAY AIR

Daily Bulletin

December 2009

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EPA PROPOSES TO EXPAND THE LEAD MONITORING NETWORK

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

December 2009

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