MTBE And The Need For Effective Tort Law
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Overview: This paper from CPR shows how an aggressive industry and a pliant agency combined to produce a continuing groundwater contamination crisis of mammoth proportions. The overarching lesson to be learned from the MTBE fiasco is that a robust common law of torts provides an absolutely critical backstop to the protections that government provides to its citizens. Without that backstop, an industry that knows it can dominate the regulatory process will have little incentive to protect public health and the environment.