Corporate Life After Death: CERCLA Preemption of State Corporate Dissolution Law

This Note discusses CERCLA’s preemption of state corporate dissolution law. Although CERCLA contains a preemption clause intended to specify CERCLA’s relationship with other laws, this clause addresses only state laws that impose stricter standards than those contained in CERCLA, and does not address state laws that, like dissolution laws, remove liability from a party otherwise liable under CERCLA. Courts, therefore, have also looked to section 107 of CERCLA, which imposes liability against specified parties “[n]notwithstanding any other provision or rule of law,” to determine CERCLA’s general relationship with state law. Through such an analysis, courts have agreed that CERCLA does preempt certain areas of existing state and federal law.