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Rule for accounting for contingencies that has application for the accounting of liabilities under the comprehensive environmental response, compensation, and liability act of 1980 (CERCLA). The act states that recognition must be given when a loss is probable and estimable. If the best estimate is a possible range for the loss, the low-end number must be recognized. When the minimum criteria for recognition has not been met, the act requires full disclosure if there is at least a reasonable possibility that a loss has been incurred.