Lenders and environmental policies
This article examines the liability of lenders and the nature of the risk exposure for financial institutions as a result of environmental laws and regulations. It reviews the recent court record relating to financial institution lending associated with contaminated properties. It discusses proposed measures to reduce the uncertainty for lenders under current environmental policies. And, given the long history of industrial activity within Seventh District states Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin—it considers whether this area may be more affected by environmental policies than elsewhere in the United States.