This article examines the state of law for landowner liability caused by the release or threat of release of "hazardous substances" in Illinois prior to the enactment of the Brownfields Act. It demonstrates the inadequacies of not only Illinois Superfund law, but federal law's attempts to find landowners liable for environmental cleanup without having reasonable and knowable standards, known procedures, and reasonably predictable results. The article concludes by underscoring the fact that without remedying these inadequacies, viable land will remain undeveloped and unproductive, and will drain community resources.
Northern Illinois University Law Review
Harrington, James T.
"The Illinois Superfund Law Prior to the Brownfields Legislation,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 16:
3, Article 8.
Available at: https://huskiecommons.lib.niu.edu/niulr/vol16/iss3/8
James T. Harrington, The Illinois Superfund Law Prior to the Brownfields Legislation, 16 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 609 (1996).