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Note on Contingent Environmental Liabilities
Addresses contingent environmental liabilities that are the result of unforeseen environmental risks where the dollar amount of such liabilities is unknown and depends on future events. In contrast, fines for violating environmental laws are liabilities, but are not considered contingent liabilities as such fines are relatively predictable. Covers liabilities under common law doctrines (including toxic torts), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). In particular, discusses lender liability issues as of 1993 and briefly discusses financial reporting requirements. Concludes with a discussion of strategies for managing such liabilities.
Keywords: Legal Liability;
Laws and Statutes;
Pollution and Pollutants;