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Vanderbilt University Law School

Statutory interpretation

1994

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"Daigle V. Shell Oil Company" And The Bumpy Road To The Recoverability Of Medical Monitoring Expenses Under Cercla, Kristin E. Sweeney Jan 1994

"Daigle V. Shell Oil Company" And The Bumpy Road To The Recoverability Of Medical Monitoring Expenses Under Cercla, Kristin E. Sweeney

Vanderbilt Law Review

In 1980, President Carter signed the first hazardous waste cleanup bill into law.' The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) serves as a tool for government cleanup of hazardous waste sites, but those who anxiously waited for Congress to pass a hazardous waste cleanup bill were disappointed with the final bill. The proposed bill had been broadly compromised. The lack of legislative history indicates the rushed process through which Congress passed the bill. Like a game show contest- ant who must accept or reject what is behind the door without knowing exactly what it entails, the House had …