The Governmental Accounting Standards Board has released Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pollution Remediation Obligations, a preliminary views document highlighting the board's position on reporting standards for pollution remediation obligations. The obligations address the current or future effects of existing pollution by participating in site assessments and clean-ups. The GASB PV proposed that, once any one of five specified obligating events occurs, governments would be required to estimate the components of expected clean-up costs using an "expected cash flow" measurement, and subsequently to determine whether they should be accrued as a liability or, in some instances, capitalized when goods and services are acquired. GASB said that the deadline for the comment period is June 24, 2005. That will be followed by a public hearing in San Antonio, on June 29.
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