All environmental losses share common characteristics. They are typically expensive to clean up and the cleanup costs often increase over time as contaminants migrate and regulatory standards are enforced. Unless specific environmental procedures are adhered to, it can be difficult to establish the time, extent, and amount of the loss.

To make the job easier, a summary of commonly used methods for identifying the causes of environmental losses and third-party impacts will be discussed, as well as how to establish the time and extent of a loss. Innovative remedial technologies for cleanups also will be discussed.

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