• Tenants Now Eligible for Environmental Liability Protection Under New U.S. EPA Policy
  • January 14, 2013 | Author: David A. Rockman
  • Law Firm: Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC - Pittsburgh Office
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released new guidance that extends significant legal protection to tenants who lease contaminated property. EPA's new policy allows tenants to qualify for protection from environmental liability for pre-existing contamination when the tenant conducts appropriate due diligence into the environmental condition of the property prior to leasing the property. Previously, such liability protection had only been available to purchasers of property. The extension of liability protection to tenants provides significant benefits and comfort to lessees of contaminated property.