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Cascades/Superior Paper Mill Cleanup: Final Settlement?
Posted on 20 Nov 2013 by Dianne Saxe

Going after individuals for cleanups of historic contamination continues to pay off for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment . The MOE Director issued a section 18 Order to five companies and three individuals to cleanup outstanding environmental... Read More

Supreme Court: CERCLA Does Not Preempt State’s Statute Of Repose
Posted on 9 Jun 2014 by Shane Dilworth

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) A U.S. Supreme Court majority today reversed a Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel’s ruling reinstating a lawsuit brought under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability... Read More

Under California's Polanco Act, owners of a right-of-way to property are not owners or operators for subsurface contamination they did not cause and had no duty to investigate
Posted on 17 Jul 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

California's Polanco Act provides a powerful (some would say one sided) tool for Redevelopment Agencies to force the remediation of a site subject to redevelopment, or to cause PRP's to reimburse such agencies for the remedial cost outlays. [As... Read More

The manufacturer of PCE dry cleaning machine filtering system is not a CERCLA arranger
Posted on 4 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

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... Read More

A Videocast on the Application of Rylands v. Fletcher In Nuisance Actions
Posted on 10 Dec 2011 by Dianne Saxe

Noted Canadian environmental lawyer Dianne Saxe has prepared an excellent video analysis of a recent Canadian appellate decision, Smith v. Inco , that looks at the application of the famous strict liability case from England , Rylands v. Fletcher, [1868... Read More

Millions For Offsite Gasoline Contamination
Posted on 4 Sep 2014 by Dianne Saxe

The Ontario Superior Court has awarded millions to a neighbouring property owner for historic offsite gasoline contamination. The decision in Canadian Tire Real Estate Ltd. v. Huron Concrete Supply Ltd . illustrates, and will perpetuate, the continuing... Read More

Ongoing Cleanup Precludes Plaintiff From Establishing RCRA Imminent and Substantial Endangerment
Posted on 27 Jan 2012 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block A recent decision from the Eastern District of Wisconsin rejected plaintiff's efforts to demonstrate RCRA imminent and substantial endangerment, notwithstanding the presence of benzene in indoor... Read More