9th Circuit Splits On Whether U.S. Mine Order Triggers Superfund Liability

October 16, 2020
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in a split decision has ruled that the United States’ link to a World War II-era gold mine -- which the government ordered temporarily shut down to divert resources to other mining -- is too tenuous for it to be held liable under Superfund law for cleanup costs at the site. But one of three judges on the 9th Circuit panel dissented on that aspect of the ruling, contending the majority’s...


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