Supremes: Firms that Clean Hazwaste Can Sue for Costs

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Supremes: Firms that Clean Hazwaste Can Sue for Costs

Court Rules Firms That Clean Hazwaste Can Sue for Costs

WASHINGTON, DC, June 12, 2007 (ENS) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday companies can sue to recover costs when they voluntarily clean up hazardous material at Superfund sites.

The justices ruled unanimously that the federal Superfund law allows potentially responsible parties to sue the government to recover costs incurred in voluntary cleanups.

The Bush administration's lawyers argued that companies themselves must first be sued by regulators under the Superfund law or be targeted with government enforcement action before they can sue others.

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