Reforming the Superfund Act

  • July 18, 1998
  • • Written by: Jerry T. Ferguson

Summer 1998, Vol 23, No 2

Abstract: This article reviews the most common criticisms of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 and its only amendment, the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986. Legal writers are critical because they believe the legislation is harsh and unfair; other writers think that it is not cost-effective, with most money spent on litigation rather than cleanup. Moreover, the author reviews the major proposals for amendments to see if they answer the critics.