Love Canal - individuals, after all the problems with...

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Love Canal
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Modern Marvels Engineering  Disasters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKUyOLXtUsQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZFw2qd8szQ&featu
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Superfund Act 1980- Congress passes the Comprehensive  Environmental Response, Compensation, and  Liability Act (CERCLA) EPA has money (“superfund”) to clean up  abandoned hazardous waste sites if responsible  parties don’t act or can’t be found Establishes liability to companies, even if legal prior  to the act being passed- they are responsible for  clean-up  costs
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Superfund (cont.) One company can be held responsible, even if  multiple parties involved Strict liability on companies rather than on 
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Unformatted text preview: individuals, after all the problems with proving damages (and linking the damages) from Love Canal Incentive then to dispose of waste cautiously out of fear of future liability Adhering to current disposal rules does not protect against future liability Love Canal Aftermath Superfund Act passes easily to try to ease public fear of health problems 1976, EPA had identified more than 27,000 abandoned sites in need of cleanup, almost 1,000 on a national priority list By 2005, 308 removed from national priority list, and many others in construction...
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course POL 223 taught by Professor Aldrich during the Fall '10 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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