"Supreme Court Declines to Take GE Challenge of Superfund"

"The Supreme Court decided [Monday] not to take up General Electric Co.'s legal campaign over how U.S. EPA exercises its authority to order companies to clean up hazardous waste sites.

GE, backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has fought a lengthy battle against the agency's authority under the Superfund statute, formally known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, to issue so-called unilateral administrative orders.

If companies refuse, they can face treble damages and daily fines of up to $37,500."

Lawrence Hurley reports for Greenwire June 6, 2011.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011