Response Costs in Removing Released Hazardous Substances Law and Legal Definition

Response costs are "costs incurred in relation to assessing, monitoring, cleaning, and removing released hazardous substances, minimizing damage to the public health or environment from the hazardous substances, and achieving a permanent remedy.” Santa Clara Valley Water Dist. v. Olin Corp., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73920, 24-25 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 19, 2009)