Can a State Environmental Law Resurrect a CERCLA Contribution Claim?

By: Heidi S. Minuskin and Deborah A. Kelly
September 23, 2015

State statutes designed to compel private parties to spend their money to clean
up contaminated sites typically mirror the federal Comprehensive Environmental
Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), which enables the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency to force responsible parties to remediate
contaminated sites but which also provides parties with a private right of
contribution against other responsible parties.

Sometimes a state statute of limitations differs from the CERCLA statute of limitations. Recent cases dealing
with New Jersey law as it intersects with federal law have started to address this and related issues. Click here to read the full article.