WASHINGTON - Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato introduced legislation last week limiting lenders' liability for contaminated property.

"Lenders are targeted as convenient 'deep pockets' and must foot the clean-up bill for contamination, not because they caused it or did not take precautions, but simply because they hold a security interest or have some other technical indicia of ownership," the New York Republican said Friday on the Senate floor.

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