Superfund Parties May Get 'Voluntary' Cleanup Costs

Law360, New York (June 24, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The United States Supreme Court has resolved a Circuit split involving Superfund liability, holding that section 107(a)(4)(B) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 ("CERCLA") authorizes any person to recover incurred cleanup costs from other potentially responsible parties (PRPs) in a separate cause of action. United States v. Atlantic Research Corp., 551 U.S. __, 127 S. Ct. 2331 (2007).

Sections 107(a) and 113(f) of CERCLA both provide for recovery of expenses related to cleanup of contaminated sites. Courts have held differing views,...
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