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Congratulations Mass Audubon!


attleboro springs trees resized 600     Norfolk Ram Group congratulates Mass Audubon on the opening of their newest Sanctuary, the Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary!  The sanctuary is located at 947 Park Street in Attleboro, Massachusetts.  A grand opening celebration will be taking place on Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 10 am to 3 pm.

     We at Norfolk are proud to have provided due-diligence services to Mass Audubon during the acquisition of this property.  We look forward to visiting the new facility.

Superfund Tax Reinstatement


The EPA has announced that it is backing the reinstatement of the Superfund Tax.  The Superfund is essentially a trust fund created by CERCLA legislation that finances clean-up at sites where the responsible parties either can’t be found or are financially unable to pay for clean-up activities.  Prior to 1995, a Superfund tax was used to maintain cash flow within the Superfund.  The tax was levied on petroleum and chemical companies based on usage and importation with a secondary special income tax on corporate profits.  Since the tax expired in 1995, the amount of cash available within the Superfund to clean-up these so-called orphan sites has dwindled.  The Superfund has been kept alive through the use of funds from the US General Treasury.  The intention of the Superfund was that “polluters pay”, such that the companies using and importing the chemicals would pay for clean-up, not the general public.  The 2010 budget proposed by President Obama includes reinstatement of the Superfund tax, beginning in January 2011 and extending for 10 years.  This proposal is backed by the EPA and has the potential to generate over $17 billion during the proposed timeline.  The tax would be imposed on crude oil, imported petroleum products, hazardous chemicals, and imported substances that use hazardous chemicals on feedstocks with an additional corporate environmental tax (applied to corporate-modified alternative minimum taxable income). 

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Massachusetts DEP Issues “Technical Update” Regarding RCRA Land Disposal Restrictions and Contained-In Determinations


Last March we blogged about the need for careful soil management at redevelopment sites, including the pitfalls of dealing with RCRA wastes.  This month the Massachusetts DEP has released written guidance relative to one aspect of the management of RCRA waste; the state management of the federal “contained-in” policy.  This policy allows for certain low concentrations of RCRA “listed” waste to be treated as non-hazardous under very specific circumstance.  It is a tool that has the potential to achieve substantial savings at sites where management of RCRA waste is required (e.g. dry cleaners and former plating or jewelry manufacturing facilities).  A link to the DEP Technical Update is provided here

If you have questions regarding soil management or brownfields redevelopment please contact Jon Kitchen at (508) 747-7900 x154

In Massachusetts, environmental clean-up of some brownfields sites can receive as much as a 50% refund in the form of a tax credit.  Learn about the Brownfields Tax Credit and find out if you qualify!

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