January 14,  2011

On Tuesday, January 18, 2011, Joseph Maternowski, Chair of Hessian & McKasy’s Environmental Law Attorney Practice Group, will present a CLE course entitled “Avoiding Environmental Pitfalls in Real Estate Transactions” to the Ramsey County Bar Association Real Property Section in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  The CLE will review environmental issues that arise in real estate transactions.

Many commercial and industrial properties are affected by contamination. Past use of a property may have resulted in releases of hazardous substances or petroleum products.  To minimize liability, any party involved in the sale or purchase of real estate should consider conducting thorough pre-purchase due diligence review.  This session will review the basis for liability under environmental laws as well as steps to take to ensure compliance with the all appropriate inquiry standard.  Participants will learn how to address concerns arising from soil contamination, groundwater impacts, problem materials in buildings as well as the emerging issue of vapor intrusion.  The session will review the allocation of liability as well as liability assurances that may be available from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

For information on the CLE please visit: http://www.ramseybar.org/cles.html#sec118. Joseph Maternowski, Chair of the Environmental Law Attorney Practice Group at Hessian & McKasy is frequently invited to speak to professional groups on topics related to environmental liability.  For more information on Mr. Maternowski’s practice please see:http://www.enviroattorney.net/attorneys/joseph_g_maternowski.php.

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