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Axel Johnson, Inc. v. Carroll Carolina Oil Co.

The court holds that the former owner and operator of a refinery may not bring cost recovery or contribution actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) against the subsequent and...

United States v. Allied-Signal, Inc.

The court denies the entry of a proposed consent decree between the United States and four New York municipalities that defined the municipalities' individual liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and...

Voluntary and Brownfields Remediation Programs: An Overview of the Environmental Law Institute's 1998 Research

Editors' Summary: One of the most important legal tools in the effort to remediate the nation's contaminated sites is state law that applies to such cleanups. In 1989, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) conducted a study of this...

Chemical Leaman Tank Lines, Inc. v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co.

The court reverses and remands a district court's allocation of insurance coverage costs between an insured and its excess insurers for soil, groundwater, and wetlands contamination at the insured's tank truck terminal. The court first...

Public Serv. Co. of Colo. v. Gates Rubber Co.

The court holds that a company's cleanup of a polychlorinated biphenyl- and lead-contaminated site in Colorado was not consistent with the national contingency plan (NCP). Thus, the company is not entitled to contribution from other...

Adding the RCRA Mixed Sewage Exclusion to Your Compliance Arsenal

Editors' Summary: Unlike other regulatory provisions of RCRA, the mixed sewage exclusion has been largely ignored by legal and technical scholars. Industry may be overlooking a potentially attractive opportunity, however, because the...

Kalamazoo River Study Group v. Rockwell Int'l Corp.

The court affirms a district court grant of summary judgment in favor of a manufacturer alleged to have contributed to a Michigan river's polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) contamination. An association of potentially responsible parties...

Dodging a Bullet: Lessons From the Failed Hazardous Substance Recycling Rider to the Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Editors' Summary: It has become regular practice for federal legislators to insert into annual appropriations bills riders having little to do with the appropriations process. Last year, under the sponsorship of the Senate Majority...

Harbor Gateway Commercial Property Owners' Ass'n v. EPA

The court holds that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) listing of the Del Amo site in Los Angeles, California, on the national priorities list (NPL) was invalid. The court first holds that the proposal for listing the...

Prisco v. A & D Carting Corp.

The court affirms the dismissal of a landfill owner's Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) claims against private and state defendants. The...