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CERCLA Definition of Release

What Constitutes a Release Under CERCLA? Section 101(22).

"[A]ny spilling, leaking, pumping, pouring, emitting, emptying, discharging, injecting, escaping, leaching, dumping, or disposing into the environment (including the abandonment or discarding of barrels, containers, and other closed receptacles containing any hazardous substance or pollutant or contaminant)... "

If an intact drum of hazardous substances is found lying in a field, is it a CERCLA release? ANSWER

Remember: EPA can respond to, and list on the NPL, both actual and threatened releases.

Who Must Be Notified?

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