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Cost Recovery


Compliance with Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), and the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP)

The CERCLA regulatory framework is being used to enhance the ability of water utilities to recover costs from parties responsible for hazardous substances entering water supply wells.

CERCLA, commonly referred to as Superfund, authorizes the United States government, through the EPA, to respond directly to releases, or threatened releases, of hazardous substances that may endanger public health, welfare or the environment.  CERCLA also provides for private parties, such as water utilities, to respond to hazardous substance releases impairing the beneficial use of water resources and seek cost recovery from responsible parties.

Water utilities such as the City of Los Angeles, Department of Water and Power (LADWP), are using the CERCLA regulatory framework to enhance their ability to recover costs from parties responsible for hazardous substances entering water supply wells used for drinking water. CERCLA response is guided by the NCP.  The NCP outlines EPA's national program for response to releases of hazardous substances, including a step-by-step process for conducting response actions. 

Advisian has professional experience applying the laws, regulations and guidance in CERCLA, NCP, and EPA documents at one of the nation’s largest groundwater superfund sites in Southern California for the nation’s largest municipally-owned utility, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which provides safe, reliable and affordable electric and water service to nearly 4 million people.

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