Environmental Lien Law and Legal Definition

Environmental lien is a charge, security, or encumbrance on a property's title to secure payment of cost or debt arising from response actions, cleanup, or other remediation of hazardous substances or petroleum products.

An environmental lien is a super priority lien taking priority over prior perfected interests in the subject property. It takes priority over any other claim or lien upon the property whether prior in time or not. [In re Perona Bros., 186 B.R. 833 (D.N.J. 1995)].