By Scott Valent
In Cannon v. Gates, 538 F.3d 1328 (10th Cir. 2008), the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Section 113(h) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) precluded the Cannons’ (plaintiffs) CERCLA claims against the U.S. Government . The Cannons’ dispute with the Government stemmed from the Government’s long-running delays in cleaning up the Cannons’ property, located near the Dugway Proving Grounds in Dugway, UT, after the Government conducted weapons training exercises on the property during World War II. Because the Government had failed to take action to clean up the hazardous waste that remained on the Cannons’ property, the Cannons filed two claims against the Government pursuant to the Solid Waste Disposal Act to compel the Government to remove its hazardous waste from their property.