Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act


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Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act

(CERCLA)
Commonly known as Superfund, CERCLA addresses abandoned or historical waste sites and contamination. It was enacted in 1980 to create a tax on the chemical and petroleum industries and provide federal authority to respond to releases of hazardous substances.
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Examples of federal statutes include the Clean Water Act; the Clean Air Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; the Rivers and Harbors Act; the Oil Pollution Act; the Toxic Substances Control Act; and the Surface Mining and Control Act.
In 1980, Congress passed the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, referred to as "the Superfund Act," empowering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce cleanup efforts.
Earlier this year, President Trump signed the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method Act (FARM Act) into law, narrowly exempting animal waste air emissions on farms from reporting requirements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), or the Superfund law.

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