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Superfund Sediment Sites: EPA Considers Risk Management Principles but Could Clarify Certain Procedures

Superfund Sediment Sites: EPA Considers Risk Management Principles but Could Clarify Certain Procedures | Sediment Investigation & Remediation | Scoop.it
#GAO: GAO-16-777, Superfund Sediment Sites: EPA Considers Risk Management Principles but Could Clarify Certain Pro… https://t.co/SdxV2LXrvq
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The GAO recommends that "EPA clarify CSTAG’s operating procedures for the type of information and documentation, if any, that should be prepared for CSTAG in advance of update meetings."
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The EPA responds to criticism of its Superfund cleanup plan - Portland Business Journal

The EPA responds to criticism of its Superfund cleanup plan - Portland Business Journal | Sediment Investigation & Remediation | Scoop.it
After numerous public comments disparaging the proposed Portland Harbor Superfund site cleanup plan, the Environmental Protection Agency is looking to set the record straight.
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Can the EPA clean up one of America’s most toxic rivers?

Can the EPA clean up one of America’s most toxic rivers? | Sediment Investigation & Remediation | Scoop.it
The Passaic River dredging could become the largest Superfund project in history.
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#SubEnvEcon Examines CERCLA Implementation

WASHINGTON, DC – The Environment and the Economy Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), today held a hearing examining implementation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
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Fox River cleanup burden shifts again

Fox River cleanup burden shifts again | Sediment Investigation & Remediation | Scoop.it

Judge's reversal provides setback for NCR Corp. in Fox River cleanup dispute

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More information on the reversal that the site impacts are divisible.

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A step forward on cleanup of Hackensack River; EPA plans testing for possible ... - NorthJersey.com

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The EPA will sample the Hackensack River sediment next year.

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Another step towards a possible Superfund Listing for the Hackensack.

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Untangling CERCLA divisibility and the Fox River Litigation - Lexology (registration)

For more than four years, the CERCLA world has watched to see if certain parties at the Lower Fox River and Green Bay Superfund Site could avoid…
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Good summary of the divisibility defense story on this important case.

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Crabb rules city of Ashland has zero liability in Superfund case - Ashland Daily Press

Ashland Daily Press Crabb rules city of Ashland has zero liability in Superfund case Ashland Daily Press Work continues at the Ashland Lakefront Superfund site as a new breakwater continues to rise in preparation for shore sediment removal in Phase...
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The court found that although the city had standing, the facts supported that they should receive a 0% share of the cleanup costs.

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Fox River PCB liability reshuffled in judge's ruling - Green Bay Press Gazette

Fox River PCB liability reshuffled in judge's ruling - Green Bay Press Gazette | Sediment Investigation & Remediation | Scoop.it
NCR Corp. no longer considered to be primarily responsible, Griesbach rules
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More twists and turns in the allocation of cleanup costs at this site.

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Human tests suggest contamination from Superfund site stretches at least 25 miles

 enRemoving the pollution in the estuary that has been slated for cleanup at the former LCP Chemical Site should be as simple as removing the poisoned sections of marsh, something that could have been done two decades ago according to the director of...


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Interesting story about an environmental group citing the presence of PCBs in mammal and humans far away from the site as possible reason for more removal.

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Arnold & Porter LLP - U.S. Supreme Court Leaves Intact the Sixth Circuit's Holding that All CERCLA Contribution Actions are Subject to a 3-Year Statute of Limitations

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Good discussion of interplay between Section 107 cost recovery claims and Section 113 contribution claims

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Yakama Nation Sues Army Corps of Engineers in Columbia River Superfund Site Cleanup

Yakama Nation Sues Army Corps of Engineers in Columbia River Superfund Site Cleanup | Sediment Investigation & Remediation | Scoop.it
The Yakama Nation is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for allegedly excluding the tribe from cleanup input at the Bradford Island Superfund site on the Columbia River.Yakama Nation sues U.S.
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Cleanup of Kalamazoo River Superfund site won't continue until at least 2017 - MLive.com

Citizens concerned with the cleanup of the Kalamazoo River Superfund site were presented with a host of potential options for removing contaminants from the area during a meeting Thursday night with U.S.
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The EPA gets closer to cleaning up one of the nation’s most polluted rivers

The EPA gets closer to cleaning up one of the nation’s most polluted rivers | Sediment Investigation & Remediation | Scoop.it
The EPA moved closer Wednesday to cleaning up the toxic Passaic River in New Jersey.
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A decade on, the Foss cleanup shines

A decade on, the Foss cleanup shines | Sediment Investigation & Remediation | Scoop.it
From Superfund backwater to the city’s front yard: The rebirth of Tacoma’s Foss Waterway.
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A great example of a public/private support to cleanup and revitalize an urban waterway.
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New York challenges effectiveness of cleanup in Hudson River

New York challenges effectiveness of cleanup in Hudson River | Sediment Investigation & Remediation | Scoop.it
New York's conservation chief is challenging the effectiveness of recently completed dredging of contaminated sediment from the upper Hudson River, saying unacceptably high levels of industrial waste were left behind.
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Banned PCBs still haunt Great Lakes

Banned PCBs still haunt Great Lakes | Sediment Investigation & Remediation | Scoop.it
Study raises questions about whether enough is being done to eliminate emissions that can cause cancer and damage human immune and endocrine systems.
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Interesting conclusion- Two of the largest sources of PCB air emissions in the Chicago area are the ship canal and the Indiana Harbor CDF with paints estimated to be 7% of emissions.
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Behind closed doors, feds to unveil draft of Portland Harbor cleanup plan - OregonLive.com

Behind closed doors, feds to unveil draft of Portland Harbor cleanup plan - OregonLive.com | Sediment Investigation & Remediation | Scoop.it
It will be months before the public sees a version of the Environmental Protection Agency's strategy to decontaminate the Lower Willamette River, but those with a stake in the issue are viewing Wednesday's closed-door preview as a crucial moment.
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Oregon businesses and residents will foot much of bill for Portland Harbor ... - OregonLive.com

By Bill Furman, Gregg Kantor and Bill Wyatt There has been a lot of dialogue recently about the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup—both how it should be done and who will pay for it.
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A good reminder that the states and cities as well as locally invested private companies are the most entangled in any large CERCLA sediment cleanup.

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Lower Willamette will be clean once again (OPINION) - OregonLive.com

By Dennis McLerran After more than 150 years of heavy industrial activity, expansive growth and world-changing innovations, the Portland area is on the verge of a transformational effort to restore the very river that drove so much of the region's...
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The view from EPA's Regional Administrator for R10 on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

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City of Spokane sues Monsanto over expected $300M clean-up costs concerning ... - ABA Journal

City of Spokane sues Monsanto over expected $300M clean-up costs concerning ... - ABA Journal | Sediment Investigation & Remediation | Scoop.it
Facing some $300 million in environmental cleanup costs concerning polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other pollutants that threaten to seep into the Spokane River, the city of Spokane, Washington, has filed...
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Curious to see how these cases get resolved. There are likely 100's of generators and transporters of PCBs that could be linked.

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CERCLA litigation update: cleanup costs cannot be “sliced and diced” - Lexology (registration)

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund) litigation centered for many years on whether a party…
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Good summary of cost recovery vs contribution claims

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Parent Corporations Beware: Control Over Your Subsidiaries is a Double-Edged Sword | Law and the Environment

The decision earlier this month in Cyprus Amax Minerals v. TCI Pacific Communications is a useful reminder that corporate form exists for a reason and that
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Ninth Circuit Holds Courts Must Look at Comparative Fault in Considering CERCLA Settlements | Marten Law

Ninth Circuit Holds Courts Must Look at Comparative Fault in Considering CERCLA Settlements http://t.co/oLrEtC1yLT
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Nice writeup on an interesting finding from the Ninth Circuit court. District courts need to scrutinize the cost allocation facts and not just accept the agency's findings. It could have an impact on early settlements at the state level.

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Potentially Responsible Parties Take Notice: EPA's Enhanced Five-Year ... - The National Law Review

Potentially Responsible Parties Take Notice: EPA's Enhanced Five-Year ... - The National Law Review | Sediment Investigation & Remediation | Scoop.it
Often overlooked by Superfund lawyers and PRPs, CERCLA Five-Year Reviews (FYRs) may merit closer attention given recent US EPA initiatives to more closely scrutinize completed remedies.
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