Arco Says Feds Should Share Blame In Botched Mine Cleanup

By Caleb Drickey (November 22, 2021, 8:13 PM EST) -- Atlantic Richfield Co. has argued that the federal government's oversight of a botched operation to clean up an abandoned uranium mine on tribal land made it partially liable for subsequent cleanup costs.

In a motion for summary judgment filed Friday in New Mexico federal court, the oil company better known as Arco argued that the federal government's own incompetent leadership of cleanup efforts the 1980s and '90s partially absolved its former partners of covering further costs.

"The United States … designed and implemented a cleanup effort that included, among other things, dumping [uranium] stockpiles into the mine's open pits, a location where...

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