Oil Cos. Must Pay $50M WWII Site Cleanup Bill, 9th Circ. Told

By Humberto J. Rocha (January 11, 2022, 8:16 PM EST) -- The federal government urged the Ninth Circuit to affirm a lower court's decision that found Union Oil Co. of California, Texaco Inc. and ARCO liable for cleanup costs of a California site polluted by aviation fuel byproducts during World War II.

In an answering brief filed Monday, the federal government argued that the oil companies are responsible for approximately $50 million in recovery costs of non-benzol waste contamination at the 22-acre McColl Superfund site, where the government has spent more than $100 million for cleanup and maintenance operations since the 1990s.

The government stated in its brief that it is only...

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