Wash. State May Be Liable for EPA Cleanup Costs

Law360, New York (November 18, 2010, 4:32 PM EST) -- A federal judge has ruled in favor of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on two issues in a drawn-out agency brawl with the Washington State Department of Transportation over tar pollution on the Tacoma waterfront, finding that the state is a potentially responsible party and setting the cleanup costs for the site at $9.3 million.

Judge Robert Bryan of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled Wednesday that WSDOT’s installation and operation of a drainage system that collected and conveyed coal tar-contaminated...
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