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Richland-Lexington Airport Dist. v. Atlas Properties, Inc.

ELR Citation: 20 ELR 21059
Nos. No. 89-2624, 901 F.2d 1206/31 ERC 1356/(4th Cir., 04/24/1990)

The court holds that a chemical company is liable to an airport for costs of removal of hazardous waste under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Prior government approval is not necessary before allowing a private suit to recover the cost of a cleanup under CERCLA. A contract to dispose of hazardous waste does not prevent an action under CERCLA.

Counsel for Plaintiff-Appellant
Robert Julian Thomas, Clifford O. Koon Jr., V. Jean Burkins
Rogers, Thomas, Cleveland, Koon, Waters & Tally
Barringer Bldg., 1338 Main St., 12th Fl., P.O. Box 2628, Columbia SC 29202
(803) 771-7900

Counsel for Defendant-Appellee
Frank Rogers Ellerbe III, D. Reece Williams III
Robinson, McFadden & Moore
1500 C & S Plaza, 1901 Main St., P.O. Box 944, Columbia SC 29202
(803) 779-8900

Before WIDENER and WILKINSON, Circuit Judges, and SPENCER, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, sitting by designation.