Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

R.R.S. Neb. 81-1568

Summary Title

Liability: Volunteer Assisting in Hazardous Materials Discharge


A volunteer, who provides assistance or advice while attempting to prevent or clean up from an actual or imminent discharge of hazardous materials, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if they caused or contributed to the discharge of hazardous materials.

Full Title

Volunteer; limitation on liability

Full Text

Any volunteer or any person who provides assistance or advice in attempting to mitigate or in mitigating the effects of an actual or threatened discharge of hazardous materials or who attempts to prevent, dispose of, or clean up or prevents, disposes of, or cleans up any such discharge shall not be subject to any civil liability or penalty, except that the person whose act or omission, in whole or in part, caused such actual or threatened discharge shall be liable for any negligence of such volunteer or other person.