Wash., Tribes Advance CERCLA Suit Against Mining Co.

Law360, New York (April 5, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT) -- A Washington state federal judge ruled Wednesday that mining company Teck Resources Ltd. will be fully responsible for cleanup costs if it is found to have deposited pollutants into the upper Columbia River in an environmental lawsuit brought by state and tribal governments.

Teck did not prove that the environmental damage at the site, located on the Columbia River near the Canada-U.S. border, can be divided to allow for apportionment of liability, U.S. District Judge Lonny R. Suko said in an order granting the state of...
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