Asarco Tries To Reopen FOIA Fight, Claims EPA Lied

By Erin Fuchs (December 17, 2010, 5:39 PM EST) -- Asarco Inc. is fighting to reopen a suit seeking to compel documents from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency related to an Omaha Superfund site, contending that the agency lied to have the suit dismissed and destroyed records before the mining company paid roughly $215 million in cleanup costs.

In an order filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Asarco claimed that the Freedom of Information Act suit was dismissed based on the environmental regulator's lies that it had done everything it could to comply with the miner's FOIA requests.

"The court decided to dismiss the case,...

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