The Expanding Scope of the Absolute Pollution Exclusion
The "absolute pollution exclusion" is a standard exclusion clause commonly found in Commercial General Liability ("CGL") policies. It purports to preclude coverage for losses arising out of the discharge or escape of pollutants at or from an insured's premises. The term "pollutant" is commonly defined in CGL policies as including "any solid, liquid, gaseous or thermal irritant or contami-nant, including smoke, vapour, soot, fumes, acids, alkalis, chemicals and waste. Waste includes materials to be recycled, reconditioned or reclaimed".