A bankruptcy court in Delaware has ruled that a debtor’s CERCLA claims are “non-core” claims that fall outside the administration of the estate in bankruptcy. NEC Holdings Corp. v. Linde LLC, No. 10-11890 (Bankr. D. Del. 5/4/11). The cost recovery and contribution claims fail a two-step test used by the court to determine whether a claim is “core.” According to the court, a claim will be deemed core if (i) it involves a substantive right provided under the Bankruptcy Code, or (ii) “if it is a proceeding, that by its nature, could arise only in the context of a bankruptcy case.” Deciding that the claims met neither element, the court dismissed the claims as “non-core.”