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Environmental Defense Fund v. Heckler

ELR Citation: 13 ELR 20630
Nos. No. 82-3514, (D.D.C., 05/27/1983)

The district court approves a consent decree requiring the Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to carry out promptly the duties imposed by §104(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. ATSDR shall establish and maintain a registry of persons exposed to toxic substances; collect and analyze information relating to serious diseases, mortality, and human exposure to toxic substances; recommend uniform methods for the collection of this information; establish and maintain an inventory of literature and studies on the health effects of toxic substances; compile a list of areas closed to the public or otherwise restricted because of toxic substance contamination; assist in providing medical services to individuals exposed to toxic substances in public emergencies; and study relationships between toxic substance exposure and illness. Furthermore, upon reasonable request, the Administrator shall make the information from the ATSDR available to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to allow EDF to monitor compliance with the decree. Also, defendants shall reimburse EDF for court costs and attorney fees.

Counsel for Plaintiff
Bruce J. Ennis Jr.
Ennis, Friedman, Bersoff & Ewing
Suite 511, 1200 17th St. NW, Washington DC 20036
(202) 775-8100

Counsel for Defendants
Michael W. Steinberg, Roger J. Marzulla
Land and Natural Resources Division
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 633-3144