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A Roadmap to Accounting for Environmental Obligations and Asset Retirement Obligations (August 2019)

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This Roadmap provides Deloitte’s insights into and interpretations of the accounting guidance on environmental obligations in ASC 410-30 and asset retirement obligations (AROs) in ASC 410-20. Because the accounting for environmental obligations and AROs will vary depending on the laws and regulations governing such obligations, this publication provides an overview of some of the applicable federal and state environmental laws and regulations in the United States and describes the application of the accounting guidance within the relevant legal framework. Appendix C of the Roadmap summarizes the key changes made in the 2019 edition.
This Roadmap replaces the Deloitte Q&As that were contained in ASC 410. To find the text in the Roadmap that corresponds to a former Q&A, select the “Environmental and ARO” tab at the bottom of the Q&A to Roadmap Quick Reference Guide and search for the Q&A’s number or title.
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