AuthorJohn Cruden
ProfessionPresident. Environmental Law Institute
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For many prac titioners, the Environmental Law Institute’s last ed ition of the Superfund Deskbook is still
a daily companion even though it is over 20 years old. In a sense, this is not at all surprising. Given t he
complexity and confusion that surrounds Superfund law and policy, a single volume that combines analysis
and key statutory and policy materials is extremely useful. But my colleague s at ELI have been sensitive
to the fact that Superfund law and policy has continued to evolve, so a revised text and a new selection of
materials became an imperative. With this new edition, I am condent that the past tradition of having the
deskbook close at hand will continue for many years into the future. ELI was lucky to enlist a skilled team
from Arnold & Porter LLP to prepare the analysis and help select the key materials, and they have done a
superb job. Here you have in one place the most importa nt materials you need to answer your questions
and jump-start your resea rch.
For a practitioner, Superfund is not only about the legal scheme associated with who is liable and which
company pays how much, but increasingly about the nuts and bolts of remediating a nd/or redeveloping a
contaminated site. is edition, t herefore, goes beyond the legal issues relating to liability, defenses, a nd
cost recovery/contribution, although it addresses the evolving law on these topics, and a lso addresses the
process and issues involved in developing and implementing a remedy and in redeveloping a contaminated
site. e goal of this addition was to assist a practitioner in contaminated site cleanup.
As a national environmental research and publishing organization dedicated to the development of more
eective and more ecient environmental protection and pollution control programs, the Environmental
Law Institute takes pride in the publication of this book. It will be an inva luable addition to ELI’s other
reference works. is book stands as a testament to ELI’s commitment to fostering a better understanding
of the major environmental statutes and is a continuing manifestat ion of ELI’s commitment to serve the
professional pollution control community with authoritative information it can use in the interest of better
managing our natural resources.
John Cruden
Environmental Law Institute

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