Emily MurrayAllen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLPEddie ArslanianENVIRON International CorporationMarch 21, 2012Le...
INTRODUCTIONS/CLASS OUTLINE• Introductions• Presentations• Environmental Law Overview• Environmental Consultant Perspectiv...
ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCIESFederal• Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)California• California EPA• Regional Water Quality Con...
ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS - FEDERAL• ComprehensiveEnvironmentalResponse,Compensation, andLiability Act (CERCLA)• Liability• EPA E...
ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS - FEDERAL• ResourceConversation andRecovery Act(RCRA)• Disposal ofwaste andhazardouswaste
ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS - FEDERAL (CONT.)• Clean Water Act• Liability• Permits• National EnvironmentalProtection Act (NEPA)• En...
ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS - STATE• Hazardous Substances Account Act – StateSuperfund• Hazardous Waste Control Law (Cal-RCRA)• Por...
WHEN DO ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ARISE?• Pre-Purchase• Due Diligence• Contract Negotiation• Entitlements /Development• CEQA / ...
DUE DILIGENCE – PURPOSE AND FORM• Purpose:• Know what you’re buying• Protect yourself from liability• Comply with the law•...
DUE DILIGENCE PURPOSE: DEFENSES TO LIABILITY• Adjacent Landowner• Innocent Landowner• Release precedes ownership• All appr...
•ASTM Standard•Satisfies “allappropriate inquiry”requirement•Phase I•Phase IISource: Marc Defoe, 2003; SF Bay Regional Wat...
PROTECT YOURSELF: NEGOTIATE YOUR DEAL• Indemnification• Shift liability to seller, other liable parties• Price reduction• ...
PROTECT YOURSELF: NEGOTIATE WITH AGENCIES• “No FurtherAction” Letter• Comfort Letter• ProspectivePurchaserAgreements
PROTECT YOURSELF: INSURANCE• Insurance
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: OTHER CONCERNS• Entitlements / Development• CEQA / NEPA• Remediation• Litigation
QUESTIONS?
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Legal Issues In Real Estate Development Introduction to Environmental Law

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On March 27, 2013, Emily L. Murray presented, together with Eddie Arslanian of ENVIRON, a class on environmental law at USC, as part of a graduate class entitled ‘Legal Issues in Real Estate Development’ offered by USC's Masters in Real Estate Development (MRED) curriculum.

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Legal Issues In Real Estate Development Introduction to Environmental Law

  1. 1. Emily MurrayAllen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLPEddie ArslanianENVIRON International CorporationMarch 21, 2012Legal Issues In Real Estate DevelopmentIntroduction to Environmental LawUSC RED 562
  2. 2. INTRODUCTIONS/CLASS OUTLINE• Introductions• Presentations• Environmental Law Overview• Environmental Consultant Perspective• Mock Case Study
  3. 3. ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCIESFederal• Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)California• California EPA• Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB)• Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)Local Level• Local City and County Departments
  4. 4. ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS - FEDERAL• ComprehensiveEnvironmentalResponse,Compensation, andLiability Act (CERCLA)• Liability• EPA Enforcement• Private Party CostRecovery
  5. 5. ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS - FEDERAL• ResourceConversation andRecovery Act(RCRA)• Disposal ofwaste andhazardouswaste
  6. 6. ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS - FEDERAL (CONT.)• Clean Water Act• Liability• Permits• National EnvironmentalProtection Act (NEPA)• Endangered Species Act
  7. 7. ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS - STATE• Hazardous Substances Account Act – StateSuperfund• Hazardous Waste Control Law (Cal-RCRA)• Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act• California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)• Common Law
  8. 8. WHEN DO ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ARISE?• Pre-Purchase• Due Diligence• Contract Negotiation• Entitlements /Development• CEQA / NEPA• Remediation• Litigation
  9. 9. DUE DILIGENCE – PURPOSE AND FORM• Purpose:• Know what you’re buying• Protect yourself from liability• Comply with the law• Satisfy lending institutions• Form:• Phase I / Phase II Investigation
  10. 10. DUE DILIGENCE PURPOSE: DEFENSES TO LIABILITY• Adjacent Landowner• Innocent Landowner• Release precedes ownership• All appropriate inquiry; did not know or havereason to know of contamination• Cooperation and access• Bonafide Prospective Purchaser• Release precedes ownership• All appropriate inquiry; knew of contamination• Cooperation and access
  11. 11. •ASTM Standard•Satisfies “allappropriate inquiry”requirement•Phase I•Phase IISource: Marc Defoe, 2003; SF Bay Regional Water ControlBoard, Brownfields)DUE DILIGENCE FORM: PHASE I AND II
  12. 12. PROTECT YOURSELF: NEGOTIATE YOUR DEAL• Indemnification• Shift liability to seller, other liable parties• Price reduction• Allocate responsibility for cleanup activities
  13. 13. PROTECT YOURSELF: NEGOTIATE WITH AGENCIES• “No FurtherAction” Letter• Comfort Letter• ProspectivePurchaserAgreements
  14. 14. PROTECT YOURSELF: INSURANCE• Insurance
  15. 15. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: OTHER CONCERNS• Entitlements / Development• CEQA / NEPA• Remediation• Litigation
  16. 16. QUESTIONS?

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