Compensation, and Liability Act
nCommonly known as the Superfund Law, it purpose is to finance cleanup and provide for civil suits by citizens.
nRequires notice to federal and state agencies of any “release” of a “reportable quantity” of a listed
hazardous substance. Release is
broadly defined, and reportable quantity
is related to each of the several hundred “hazardous substances.”
nCERCLA also provides for EPA to promulgate regulations
for the collection and
disposal of solid wastes. The act imposes criminal sanctions against those who fail to report as required, or who destroy or falsify records.