Virgin Islands Channel Not Exempt From CERCLA Claims

Law360, New York (March 14, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT) -- A judge handed down a mixed summary judgment ruling Friday over St. Croix Renaissance Group LLP's claim that the Virgin Islands can't recover natural resources damages related to a channel connected to a larger, contaminated industrial site.

Judge Harvey Bartle III of the U.S. District Court for the Virgin Islands said it was clear from property records that SCRG owns land associated with the Alucroix Channel, a former lagoon, finding that the government can't recover damages for resources tied to the land itself.

However, Judge Bartle...
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