KQED Cites Sean Hecht on Legal Outcomes in Lead Contamination Cleanup

Professor Sean Hecht, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, was cited by KQED News for discussing how Exide Technologies, a battery recycling plant, has shut down operations after decades of showering lead dust on the surrounding neighborhood. The Department of Toxic Substances Control is pursuing Exide to clean up the contaminated areas; however, the company claims they are not fully responsible for the pollution.

In such cases, the court may “only hold the defendant responsible for some much smaller percentage of the contamination, so typically there will be a settlement,” explained Hecht.

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