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Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)

Legislation, commonly referred to as Superfund, created to protect the public from heavily contaminated abandoned sites. CERCLA (42 USC 9601 et seq.), as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, provides broad authority to the federal government to ensure that contaminated sites that might pose a risk to the public or environment are cleaned up. It also established a fund to assist in paying for cleanup actions at sites where the responsible party either is unable to pay for the cleanup or cannot be found. The full suite of regulations promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is available at 40 CFR 305-307.

Regulations Applicable to Energy Development

The entire suite of CERCLA regulations issued by the EPA may be applicable to energy development projects.

Relevant Web Site(s)

Specific Tribal Program(s)


This statute may apply to the following energy resources:
Biomass, Carbon Sequestration, Coal, Geothermal, Hydrokinetic, Low-Head Hydropower, Oil & Gas, Solar, Transmission, Wind
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