Our Scariest Environmental Liability Risk – Undead Cases: Closed Cases Coming Back to Life

Scariest Risks

Scariest Risks
What environmental risk can be worse than an “unknown” pollution condition rearing its ugly head? How about one that comes back to life after you thought it was dead forever?

Regulators are “reopening” hundreds of cases that had previously received regulatory closure in Massachusetts, California and New York to examine potential issues involving vapor intrusion.

The exposures range from third-party lawsuits to remediation expenses. The EPA and state agencies are also starting to reopen sites where no vapor intrusion analysis was considered in earlier remedial decisions. Here’s a risk that could haunt even the bravest of souls!

(Look for my post on vapor intrusion next week.)

This post was part of the special feature about Our Scariest Risks, published October 29, 2012. The feature also included these other risks:

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