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Contaminated Sites/Brownfields

United States v. Atlantic Richfield Co.

A district court held that residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago cannot intervene in a CERCLA settlement agreement after the agreement was approved. In 2016, residents of the housing complex were told to evacuate...

Ridge Seneca Plaza, LLC v. BP Products North America Inc.

The Second Circuit, in a summary order, affirmed a lower court decision dismissing a property owner's lawsuit against a nearby gas station operator for contaminating the owner's shopping plaza and against a cleanup contractor for...

Broussard v. Chevron USA, Inc.

A district court held that it would not waive the statute of limitations in a breach of contract case filed by the heirs of a cattle rancher against an oil company for contaminating the rancher's property. The suit stems from the...

Brownfields Development: From Individual Sites to Smart Growth

Editor's Summary

In recent years, the links between brownfields redevelopment and smart growth have strengthened. EPA cites brownfield rehabilitation as an essential component of smart growth, as site rehabilitation recreates...

Legal Background to Off-Site Contamination

Editor's Summary: The law governing off-site contamination began with common law and has grown to include federal legislation such as Superfund, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Oil Pollution Act...

A Case Study of Sustainable Development: Brownfields

By the 1980s, deteriorating hulks of abandoned factories and overgrown vacant lots in many American cities served as notable symbols of urban decline. These sites had earned the label of "brownfields," which the U.S. Environmental...