Environmental Enlightenment #159
By Ami Adini -
Reissued October 3, 2017

This is a SHORT, LIGHT and SIMPLE newsletter. Its purpose is to rekindle in the initiated terminology they have once learned, and enlighten the uninitiated on terms they may have heard but never knew the meaning of.

Performance Based Standards

In a former newsletter we described the EPA requirements of “All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI)” in property transfers. The EPA requires extensive inquiry and describes the AAI process as being “performance based” since findings and conclusions rely heavily on the environmental professional’s own personal judgment.

We thought it behooved us to add few more words on “performance based standards.”

A performance-based regulatory standard is a rule, regulation, or standard that specifies the desired outcome but gives discretion in how that outcome is met.

For example, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requires that vegetation adjacent to railroad track be controlled so that it does not become a fire hazard or obstruct visibility.

FRA specifies an outcome (not being a fire hazard or an obstruction to visibility) but not how far from the track vegetation must be removed nor the methods firms need to use to control it.

Performance-based standards give discretion to regulated actors or firms. Regulated targets may meet these standards in whatever way they choose. Such an approach allows firms to innovate and search for the least costly means of achieving the desired outcome.

You can find past issues of "Environmental Enlightenment" at www.amiadini.com with wealth of information about issues concerning assessment and cleanup of contamination in the subsurface soil and groundwater.

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Ami Adini is a veteran environmental practitioner with over 40 years of experience. He carries a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering, with additional academic credits and experience in Nuclear and Chemical Engineering and is a former California Registered Environmental Assessor Levels I & II in the 1988-2012 registry that certified environmental professionals in the assessment and remediation of environmentally impacted land. He is also a California certified Responsible Managing Officer (RMO) in the General Engineering and Hazardous Substances Removal Contractor Classifications, and president of AMI ADINI ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. (AAES), an environmental engineering contractor and consulting firm specializing in environmental site assessments, rehabilitation of contaminated sites and removal of environmental risks from real-estate transactions. (Contact Ami for a complete resume.) AAES provides practical solutions to environmental concerns using the highest standards of ethics and integrity while providing its clients with maximum return on their investments.