Century Escapes Liability In Alumina Pollution Suit

Law360, New York (February 7, 2011, 6:44 PM EST) -- A federal judge has ruled that Century Aluminum Co. is not responsible for paying cleanup costs at an alumina refinery that allegedly contaminated groundwater in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Judge Harvey Bartle III of the U.S. District Court for the District of the Virgin Islands issued the ruling Friday, saying the fact that Century was briefly the controlling shareholder of Virgin Islands Alumina Corp. — which owned the refinery from 1989 to 1995 — did not make it liable for the cleanup.

The Virgin Islands Department...
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