2nd Circ. Lets Fire Dept. Off Hook For CERCLA Cleanup

Law360, New York (October 20, 2009, 6:10 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a finding that a New York town and its volunteer fire department should not be held responsible for environmental cleanup costs stemming from the release of hazardous materials during a 2000 blaze that destroyed a privately owned building used to store chemicals.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Monday that North Amityville Fire Co. firefighters responding to the scene at AMW Materials Testing Inc. could not be considered “operators” of the site during the emergency and...
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