CERCLA Bars Gas Plant Site Contamination Suit, Judge Finds

Law360, New York (September 24, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge on Monday dismissed a complaint by two conservation groups over Washington Gas Light Co.’s alleged deficiencies in cleaning up contamination from a former gas manufacturing facility, ruling a settlement with the U.S. over cleanup at the site bars the suit.

According to U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, the suit by the Anacostia Riverkeeper and Anacostia Watershed Society was barred under a Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act clause — which blocks suits that interfere with “expeditious" CERCLA cleanup efforts that...
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