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Superfund Defense Savings

Quarles & Brady has extensive experience chairing groups of potentially responsible parties (PRPs) at federal Superfund sites. Since 1993, for example, a Quarles attorney has either chaired or co-chaired a Superfund cleanup in the Pinelands of New Jersey. At this particular site, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected remedies for two operable units before identifying most potentially responsible parties. Cleanup costs were estimated by EPA at $57 million (in 1988 dollars). After successfully changing the remedy initially selected by EPA for the site, the first operable unit is now cleaned and closed, and the second is nearing completion, all for a cost roughly half of EPA’s original estimate.