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United States v. Carolawn Co.

Citation: 14 ELR 20696
No. No. 83-2162-O, 21 ERC 2124/(D.S.C., 06/15/1984) "Hazardous substance" construed

The court rules that a waste is a "hazardous substance" under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) if it contains substances listed as hazardous under any of the statutes referenced in CERCLA § 101(14) regardless of the volume or concentrations of those substances. Rejecting one defendant's motion for summary judgment in a CERCLA cost recovery action, the court rules that defendant's water-based paint wastes are hazardous substances under CERCLA. They contain trace amounts of substances listed as hazardous under § 307(a) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. Neither the statutory language, legislative history, nor precedent supports the argument that concentration or quantity is relevant to the issue.

Counsel for Plaintiff
Mary Slocum, Ass't U.S. Attorney
Fed. Bldg., P.O. Box 2266, Columbia SC 29202
(803) 765-5483

Counsel for Defendants
John W. Foard Jr.
1720 Main St., Suite 101, Columbia SC 29201
(803) 256-8516

Carl G. Ferguson
P.O. Box 2248, Greenville SC 29602
(803) 242-6440

Harold Himmelman
Beveridge & Diamond
1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036
(202) 828-0200