Wash. DOT Can Be Held Liable For Cleanup: Judge

Law360, New York (June 8, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT) -- A federal court has greenlighted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's $10 million suit against Washington state over allegedly contaminated stormwater that ran off state-designed highways into the Thea Foss and Wheeler Osgood waterways, parts of a Tacoma Superfund site.

The Washington State Department of Transportation can be held accountable for the pollution because it knowingly designed drains along several highways to carry stormwater laced with pollutants into the waterways, Judge Robert J. Bryan of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled Monday....
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