CERCLA stands for the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.   It is extremely important to landowners, brokers, developers, and operators.  CERCLA assigns potential liability for the cleanup of hazardous substances to any “potentially responsible person” (PRP) including:

  • present owners and operators of the contaminated site
  • persons who owned or operated the site at the time hazardous substances were located on the site
  • persons who generated hazardous substances on the site, and
  • persons who transported hazardous substances to the site