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Ninth Circuit Requires US to Pay Defense Contractor Cleanup Costs

by WilmerHale on

On October 4, the Ninth Circuit reversed the District Court for the Southern District of California's decision to allocate to a government contractor 100 percent of cleanup costs for hazardous contamination at a manufacturing...more

You have an Environmental Insurance Policy. Do you know what the fine print says?

THINK YOU CAN MAKE A CLAIM ON YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL INSURANCE POLICY? You better read the fine print first. *Due Diligence – The mantra is often repeated - take initiative, be proactive. For a variety of reasons a...more

Circuit Remands Restitution Order for Further Consideration of Indigent Defendant’s Right to Counsel and Application for Expert...

In United States v. Torriero, the Second Circuit (Chin, Droney, Restani by designation) vacated by summary order a $765,561 restitution order relating to costs incurred by the EPA in cleaning up a property that the defendant...more

How Wrong Does a District Court Have to Be to Abuse Its Discretion?

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a District Court decision allocating 100% of CERCLA response costs at a San Diego Superfund site to TDY Holdings, which operated an aeronautical manufacturing plant from 1939 to...more

U.S. Reversed on 100% Allocation to Contractor

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a district court decision allocating 100% of CERCLA response to costs to a U.S. military contractor, where both the U.S. and the contractor were liable parties. TDY Holdings,...more

Protecting Purchasers in Commercial Property Transactions

by Snell & Wilmer on

Congratulations! Your company just bought a large commercial property to manufacture its widgets. Unfortunately, you just received a notice from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) that the previous owner...more

Ninth Circuit: defense contractors need not shoulder wartime cleanups alone

by DLA Piper on

A recent decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal rejected a lower court finding that the US government had no responsibility for cleaning up site contamination arising, in part, from work done to support the...more

Criminal Enforcement: Federal Appellate Court Addresses Whether Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Violation was a...

The 9th Circuit United States Court of Appeals (“Court”) in a September 13th opinion considered whether “knowingly storing and disposing of hazardous waste without a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) permit” is...more

The Rise of Vapor Intrusion

We have all been involved in investigating and remediating sites with soil and groundwater contamination. But another form of contamination has been recently gaining attention—vapor intrusion....more

Appellate Division Clears Way for Business Entities to Receive Brownfield Innocent Party Grants When Property Is Transferred among...

by Blank Rome LLP on

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently lessened the rigidity by which an innocent purchaser may be eligible for a so-called “Innocent Party Grant” to cover costs associated with the remediation of contaminated property....more

EPA Regional Counsel and MDNR General Counsel discuss environmental enforcement under new administrations

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Speedy decision making, innovation, and thoughtful enforcement — those may be the best ways to describe federal and state environmental oversight by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under new Director Scott...more

CERCLA Trumps As-Is Sales

by Clark Hill PLC on

A federal court in Alaska assessed responsibility against the City of Fairbanks (City) for remediation costs found necessary to clean up property it previously owned. The court concluded that the City should have mitigated...more

CERCLA Task Force Issues Recommendations Aimed at Improving the Superfund Program

by Clark Hill PLC on

On August 2, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced recommendations aimed at accelerating action on Superfund mega-sites, specifically expediting cleanups and promoting redevelopment and community revitalization. The...more

Illinois Court Finds that Landfill Post-Closure Monitoring Period not Limited to 15 Years by Statute

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

An Illinois appellate court recently ruled that the 15 year post-closure monitoring requirement for sanitary landfills under the Illinois Environmental Protection Act sets the minimum, not maximum, period, and that that the...more

Underground Storage Tank Closure/Environmental Assessment: Commonground Blog Post Asks Whether A Data Gap is Considered a...

A September 14th post on the blog Commonground asks if there is a scenario where a Data Gap/Data Failure is considered a recognized environmental condition (“REC”). The blog provides a forum to discuss a variety of issues...more

Court Rejects Cap on FCA Damages for Allegations of Subcontracting Plan Fraud

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Last month, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington denied a motion to limit damages against a government contractor, United States ex rel. Savage v. Washington Closure Hanford LLC, where the government...more

Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Escapes CERCLA Liability

by PretiFlaherty on

The owners of a shipyard sued a prior owner and the current owner of an adjacent former steel mill property in Baltimore, Maryland for recovery of cleanup costs under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation,...more

Oil Spill/Salt Water Disposal Facility: Illinois Attorney General Request for Preliminary Injunction

The Illinois Attorney General (“AG”) filed a Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction against TrueFlo Solutions LLC (“TS”) in White County Circuit Court in Illinois in regards to an oil spill that allegedly...more

On-Site Hospital/Radium: August 25th Commonground Blog Post Addresses Assessment Question

The blog Commonground has an August 25th post addressing a question regarding the assessment of a former on-site hospital that had utilized radium to treat tumors. The blog Commonground is a forum for discussion of a...more

Kentucky Appeals Court Outlines Limitations on Stigma Damages

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Illustrating the limitations on so-called “stigma” damages under Kentucky law, Kentucky appellate court ruled that a claim for stigma damages is not an independent cause of action, and that such damages are not available in...more

Superfund Reform May Be a Slow Go

As we previously reported, the current administration set out to make Superfund reform a priority. Shortly after taking over as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt convened a task force to provide recommendations for...more

United States Liable as an Owner Under CERCLA for Contamination on Navajo Reservation Land

by Snell & Wilmer on

Last week, a United States District Court in Arizona held that the United States was an “owner” of Navajo Reservation Trust Land for purposes of CERCLA liability. See El Paso Nat. Gas Co. v. United States, 2017 WL 3492993 (D....more

New Jersey Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Inapplicable to Unintentional Contamination

In its recent decision in Benjamin v. State Farm Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131078 (D.N.J. Aug. 17, 2017), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey had occasion to consider the scope of the...more

EPA’s Task Force Recommendations to Revamp and Expedite Superfund Cleanups and Process – A Welcome Change

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

While the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Superfund program under the Comprehensive Environmental Response and Liability Act or “CERCLA” has often been dubbed the “Comprehensive Employment and Retirement Lawyers...more

When is an Unforeseen Condition a “Differing Site Condition”?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Many construction contracts contain some version of a “differing site conditions” clause. It is found in the current version of AIA’s A201 general conditions, as well as in the EJCDC equivalent. It also appears in most...more

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