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1999

Environmental Law

Natural Resources & Environment

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The Benefits And Risks Of Going It Alone, Michael B. Gerrard Jan 1999

The Benefits And Risks Of Going It Alone, Michael B. Gerrard

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Brownfield projects are essentially real estate developments with a twist, and the old real estate adage certainly applies: "Location, location, location." But if time is the fourth dimension, then time is also the fourth element in a successful brownfield project – preferably, spending as little of it as possible.

The timing of standard governmental cleanup processes is simply incompatible with many kinds of real estate projects. Forget about cleanups of National Priorities List (NPL) sites under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Contingency Plan (NCP); those take on average almost twenty years to complete. But even many state voluntary ...