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EDR Poll Finds Environmental Professionals, Property Buyers and Lenders Eager to Apply New Vapor Intrusion Standard During Real Estate Transactions to Protect Health and Investments
Date:4/28/2008

rusion Screen, an interactive online worksheet that assists EPs in applying the unique search distances and other data evaluation criteria mandated by the new standard.

The "Standard Practice for Assessment of Vapor Intrusion into Structures Involved in Real Estate Transactions" (ASTM E 2600-08) is the first nationwide industry standard enabling a consistent methodology for screening, evaluating, and mitigating properties for vapor intrusion risk. Prior to the approval of this standard, the real estate industry had no consistent method for efficiently screening properties for vapor intrusion conditions and avoiding situations that might put individuals at risk.

"Vapor intrusion has long been a concern among real estate professionals who lacked guidelines for identifying and working with this threat, so we are happy to see a standard that raises public awareness of the health and investment concerns caused by this growing issue," said EDR CEO Rob Barber. "As this poll confirms, many environmental professionals and their customers are eager to apply the new standard to respond to the growing concern about vapor intrusion risk."

EDR administered the poll to EPs during online conference presentations in March and April 2008 entitled "Vapor Intrusion: Understanding the New ASTM Standard." The featured speaker during these presentations was Anthony Buonicore, PE, BCEE, QEP, Chairman of the ASTM Vapor Intrusion Task Group, which developed the new industry standard.

ASTM International is a voluntary standards development organization. Its Vapor Intrusion Task Group, which began work on the new standard in 2005, has more than 100 active members, including regulators, environmental consultants, lawyers, lenders, property owners, developers and investors. For more information about ASTM International, visit http://www.astm.org.

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