News 28 May. 2019

Partner Charles Howland quoted in Bloomberg Environment article on novel incentive program for Superfund cleanups

Environmental Practice head Charles Howland was recently quoted in Bloomberg Environment regarding the potential for a novel financial incentive, which is being offered to encourage quicker cleanup of the complex Portland Harbor Superfund Site in Oregon, to be used to encourage efforts to remediate complex sediment sites nationwide.

Local and state governments are often potentially liable at Superfund sites based on their ownership and operation of infrastructure that impacted urban rivers. They also typically have budgetary timing constraints which make it difficult for other liable parties to reach cleanup agreements with them, and they have a particular interest in revitalizing their waterfronts. This model could help address all of these issues while accelerating cleanups.

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