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Congress enacted CERCLA, forty two U.S.C. §§ 9601-75, in 1980 "in reaction to the intense environmental and well-being dangers posed by means of business pollution." usa v. Bestfoods, 524 U.S. fifty one, fifty five, 118 S.Ct. 1876, 141 L.Ed.2d forty three (1998) (citing Exxon Corp. v. Hunt, 475 U.S. 355, 358-59, 106 S.Ct. 1103, 89 L.Ed.2d 364 (1986)). Congress thereby sought "to advertise the well timed cleanup of harmful waste websites and to make sure that the prices of such cleanup efforts [a]re borne through these chargeable for the contamination." Burlington N. & Santa Fe Ry. Co. v. usa, 556 U.S. 599, 602, 129 S.Ct. 1870, 173 L.Ed.2d 812 (2009) (internal citation marks and quotation omitted). The statute imposes strict legal responsibility for environmental remediation, assigning accountability for cleansing up even toxins disposed of in response to then-acceptable practices prior to they have been recognized to be damaging. Lockheed Martin Corp. v. US, 833 F. 3d 225 (DC Cir. 2016).
Congress enacted CERCLA to facilitate the remediation of unsafe waste websites and the answer of legal responsibility for the similar expenses, specially via negotiated settlements. Chubb customized, 710 F.3d at 956. one of many methods CERCLA achieves those objectives is via permitting a celebration who remediates a dangerous waste web site to acquire repayment of its bills from these answerable for the toxins. See identification. at 956-57. Whittaker company v. US, 825 F. 3d 1002 (9th Circuit 2016).
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