Sixth Circuit Holds Government Was Not An “Operator” of Refineries Under CERCLA – Update from Manko Gold Katcher Fox

June 29, 2023

Danielle N. Bagwell

MGKF Litigation Blog

On June 23, 2023, in MRP Properties Company LLC v. United States, No. 22-1789, 2023 WL 4141227 (6th Cir. June 15, 2023), the Sixth Circuit decided that despite having directed production at refineries during World War II, the United States government did not qualify as an “operator” of those facilities under CERCLA, providing additional guidance for courts evaluating what kinds of activities subject a party to operator liability. 

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