Determining Cleanup Standards for Hazardous Waste Sites
JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL'S SCHOOL CHARLOTTESVILE VA
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In this thesis, the author examines the process for determining cleanup standards for hazardous waste sites under the provisions of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, 42 U.S.C. Section 9621 CERCLA. Although Section 9621 of the statute purports to describe cleanup standards for hazardous waste sites, practical application has been far from uniform and has spawned controversy over the selection of an acceptable remedy and the selection process itself. The question of how clean is clean is not an unanswerable question, but there presently exists little agreement between the Federal Government, the states, and the private sector as to what is the correct answer. The author concludes that cleanup standards for hazardous waste sites cannot be defined in dogma, but a more efficient and effective process for selecting which remedies should be applied in a particular case should be developed.
- Government and Political Science
- Sociology and Law
- Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control
- Environmental Health and Safety