Overview of EPA, Region 2 Biennial Conference at Columbia University on May 21, 2010

By John Nevius, Shareholder, Anderson Kill & Olick P.C. The following is a summary overview of parts of the U.S. EPA, Region 2 Biennial Conference at Columbia University which was held on Friday, May 21, 2010: Marcellous Shale: property values in the southern third of NY state underlain by the...

The manufacturer of PCE dry cleaning machine filtering system is not a CERCLA arranger

Since 1980, Team Enterprises, LLC leased space in a shopping center in Modesto, California, where it operated a dry cleaning store. From 1980 to 2004, Team used PCE in its dry cleaning equipment, and the machines generated wastewater containing PCE. Team used Puritan Rescue 800 filter-and-still combination...

CERCLA's "Federally Required Commencement Date" Preempts State Statute Of Repose

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block A Georgia federal district court recently found that CERCLA's "federally required commencement date" preempted a state statute of repose. In In re Camp Lejeune, N.C. Water Contamination Litigation (Free Download), the plaintiffs, who allege...

Superfund Site Reopened to Address Vapor Intrusion Issues

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block In 1992, a consent decree was entered into between U.S. EPA and two PRPs to address contamination at an NPL site in Mountain View, California. In June 2001, U.S. EPA certified completion of remediation activities per the 1992 consent agreement. Almost...

Jenner & Block: Corporate Purchaser Not Liable to the Government for CERCLA Liability; Former Operator Must Begin Cleanup

By Gabrielle Sigel, Partner, Jenner & Block In long-running litigation regarding one of the costliest Superfund cleanups in the country, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin reversed a decision it reached just 5 months earlier and found that Appleton Papers Inc. ("API"...

Jenner & Block: U.S. EPA Issues Revised Guidance On The Use Of Institutional Controls At Contaminated Sites

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block U.S. EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response ("OSWER") recently issued revised guidance relating to the use of institutional controls at Superfunds sites and other contaminated properties. The first guidance document, titled...

Jenner & Block: New EPA Guidance On Institutional Controls

By E. Lynn Grayson , Partner, Jenner & Block EPA has released guidance on the use of institutional controls at CERCLA, RCRA and UST sites. The guidance titled Institutional Controls: A Guide to Planning, Implementing, Maintaining and Enforcing Institutional Controls at Contaminated Sites is...

Jenner & Block: New MOU Between EPA And Kentucky

By E. Lynn Grayson , Partner, Jenner & Bloc EPA Region 4 and the Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection (KYDEP) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support and strengthen efforts to achieve cleanups in Kentucky. The MOU is intended to help property...

Pepper Hamilton: New Liability Protection for Tenants on Brownfield Properties

By Jane C. Luxton, Partner , Pepper Hamilton LLP In a December 2012 Guidance Memo, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new enforcement principles intended to enhance protections for tenants on contaminated or previously contaminated "brownfield" properties. The new guidance...

Tenants Might Breathe a Little Easier

By William A. Anderson, II In new guidance, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has expanded the classes of tenants that, in the exercise of its enforcement discretion, it may consider Bona Fide Prospective Purchasers (BFPPs) on a site-specific basis. See "Revised Enforcement Guidance Regarding...

Jenner & Block: DOJ Not Required To Produce Interagency Memorandum in CERCLA Case

A recent Seventh Circuit decision rejected a PRP's efforts to obtain interagency memorandum and other communications between the Environmental Enforcement and the Environmental Defense Sections within the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ"). See Menasha Corp. et al. v. United States...

EPA Allows New Standard for Conducting Environmental Due Diligence

On August 15, 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed and "direct final" rule that expands the options available to parties seeking to qualify for certain defenses to liability under Superfund and other laws. This change will provide prospective purchasers...

High Court Agrees To Decide If CERCLA Preempts State’s Statute Of Repose

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], agreed to take up a case to decide if the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred in reviving claims brought by North Carolina landowners under the Comprehensive Environmental...

U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Review 7th Circuit CERCLA Case

By Allison A. Torrence The U.S. Supreme Court has denied cert in the widely-followed case of Bernstein v. Bankert , No. 13-568, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], declining to review the Seventh Circuit's ruling on the availability of CERCLA cost recovery and contribution...

Picture Perfect Result? EPA and Kodak Reach Agreement For Clean Up Of Contamination at Business Park and River

Kodak Also to Pay for Liability at Superfund Sites in New York and New Jersey The federal government has entered into settlement agreements with Eastman Kodak Company that resolve environmental claims and liabilities asserted by the United States against Kodak. After Kodak filed for Chapter 11...

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That CERCLA Does Not Preempt State Statutes Of Repose

The U.S. Supreme Court has clarified the preemptive power of CERCLA, holding that CERCLA does not preempt state statutes of repose, even though it does preempt certain state statutes of limitation. On June 9, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of CTS Corp. v. Waldburger , No. 13-339, [ enhanced...

North Carolina Seeks To Amend Statute Of Repose Following Waldburger Decision

Within hours of the Supreme Court's decision in CTS Corporation v. Waldburger , [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], finding that that CERCLA's "discovery rule" did not preempt North Carolina's 10-year statute of repose, [ enhanced version available to lexis...

Supreme Court Narrows CERCLA Preemption of State Limits on Tort Claims

In an opinion strictly interpreting the statutory text of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the U.S. Supreme Court limited the scope of a CERCLA provision that is designed to extend state law claims for personal injury or property damage resulting from...

Sixth Circuit Weighs in on CERCLA Cost Recovery, Contribution Actions

By Glenn A. Harris The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court recently issued an important opinion, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], related to claims to recover environmental cleanup costs at an Ohio landfill. The court’s ruling in Hobart Corporation, et...