A cornerstone of environmental legislation in New Jersey is The New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (“Spill Act”), N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11 et seq.; New Jersey’s analogue to the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, more commonly known as CERCLA. Like CERCLA, the Spill Act is the primary tool for the State of New Jersey to hold polluters financially responsible and to force cleanup of contaminated properties.
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