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Love Reaction

Event: Citizen concern over the extent of uncontrolled and abandoned hazardous waste sites led Congress to establish the Superfund Program (CERCLA) in 1980 to locate, investigate, and clean up the nation’s worst sites. Action: Superfund forcibly brings environmental liability to the attention of the business community through retroactive, strict, and joint and several liability that requires “potentially responsible parties” to defend whether they were liable for the cost of cleanup. Connection: The onerous liability scheme under CERCLA created a cloud around all property that was perceived to be or was contaminated. The public and private sectors looked for a better way to bring finality to cleanup—it took years of contentious court battles before state-led voluntary cleanup programs and the issuance of comfort letters (as vehicles for relief) emerged and gave birth to brownfield programs. Love Canal was only one of thousands of “ticking time bombs” that led Congress to pass…Log In to Read Full Article

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