The Importance of Due Care

by Erik Peterson
Dec 3, 2019

Let's Talk About Due Care

Demonstrating compliance with ongoing "due care" obligations is a requirement for owners and operators of contaminated property and is also a necessary requirement for maintaining liability protection afforded through a baseline environmental assessment (BEA). Due care requirements apply to liable and non-liable owners and operators alike and generally focus on preventing unacceptable exposures to contamination and not exacerbating contaminant conditions. As such, due care includes evaluating the contaminant conditions relative to the land use and applicable human health exposure pathways. Documentation demonstrating compliance with due care obligations must be provided to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) if they request it.

A critical component of demonstrating ongoing compliance with due care is maintaining appropriate documentation/records of response activities (e.g., routine inspection and maintenance of engineering controls that prevent unacceptable health exposures). For circumstances where it's necessary to gain EGLE's concurrence that an owner/operator is in compliance with due care, a Documentation of Due Care Compliance (DDCC) report can be prepared and submitted to EGLE for review. A DDCC is a report detailing the due care evaluation and documenting compliance with due care in a specific format required by EGLE.


  • Prevent exacerbation of contaminant conditions
  • Prevent unacceptable exposures to contaminants
  • Take reasonable precautions
  • Provide reasonable cooperation, assistance and access to state and liable parties
  • Comply with land use and resource use restrictions
  • Manage abandoned containers
  • Send notice to affected adjacent property owners

Due Care is perhaps the most important evaluation in the due diligence process. It reveals actions and costs that owners and operators may need to take to manage their contaminated property.

If you have questions about Due Care or the Due Diligence process, please contact our Due Diligence Manager, Erik Peterson. He can be reached by phone at (269) 342-1100 or email.

View or download "What is Due Care?" here.

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