Letter to EPA re: CERCLA 108(b) financial assurance regulations

July 15, 2016 • Earthworks

Making Polluters Pay

July 12, 2016 • Stu Levit

How EPA can ensure mining companies, not taxpayers, pay for mine clean-up using their authority under CERCLA 108b


Court Issues Order to Hold Biggest Polluters Accountable for Cleanup Costs

January 29, 2016 • Bonnie Gestring

It was good news all around today for the millions of families that live near polluted industrial sites, and the American taxpayers who have footed the cleanup bill all too often. Today, the Court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop letting polluters off the hook for the contamination they cause.  

For 30 years, the EPA has failed to issue rules under CERCLA, the “Superfund” law, to hold industries accountable, up front, for cleanup costs. As a result, company after company has found a way to pass the cost of environmental disasters on to taxpayers.

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals issued a decision that will help to fix that.


Fact Sheet: SB 218

February 18, 2015 • Bonnie Gestring

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SB 218 Testimony

February 18, 2015 • Bonnie Gestring

CERCLA 108b Petition for Writ of Mandamus

August 11, 2014 • Earthworks, et al
Media Releases

Groups Sue EPA for Letting Polluters Pass the Bill for Their Spills to the Public

August 11, 2014 • Earthjustice, Earthworks, et al

Washington, D.C. — Earthjustice on behalf of Idaho Conservation League, Earthworks, Sierra Club, Amigos Bravos, Great Basin Resource Watch, and Communities for a Better Environment filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to issue key rules mandated by the Superfund Act (the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, or CERCLA)


CERCLA 108b Bonding Authority Fact Sheet

December 16, 2013 • Bonnie Gestring

EPA is under court order to establish bonding rules for hardrock mining under the Superfund law, but hasn’t.