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Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation And Liability Act Of 1980

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980


A federal act establishing a system for reporting facilities where hazardous wastes are or have been disposed of, treated, or stored. It also encompasses trust funds financed by certain taxes to be used for cleanup costs. CERCLA also establishes very broad liability standards for hazardous waste incidents that require liable parties to reimburse trust funds that finance cleanup operations.

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