US Fights $69M CERCLA Payment To Shell, ARCO

Law360, Washington (September 9, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice told the Federal Circuit on Friday that agreements from the 1940s did not contractually obligate the U.S. to indemnify Shell Oil Co. and Atlantic Richfield Co. for $68.8 million in cleanup costs at sites contaminated with aviation fuel from World War II.

In August 2010, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims awarded $52 million to Shell and $16.8 million to Atlantic Richfield after it found the government had made a binding promise to pay for any environmental damage caused by the...
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