Successes, Anticipated Challenges for Pa.'s Land Recycling Program

March 13, 2015
Rodd W. Bender
The Legal Intelligencer

Twenty years ago this coming May, the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties in Pennsylvania became considerably more manageable when then-Gov. Tom Ridge signed into law the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act of 1995, 35 P.S. Sections 6026.101-.908 (Act 2). Act 2 established the principles under which the
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) promulgates remediation standards and procedures for remediating contaminants (referred to as "regulated substances") in soil and groundwater, enabling persons to obtain legal liability protection and encouraging the reuse of "brownfields" and other contaminated sites.

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