18 Cos. Strike $5.5M Deal Over Ohio River Pollution

Law360, New York (May 3, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday reached a $5.5 million proposed settlement agreement with 18 companies in a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act suit over hazardous waste in Ohio's Ashtabula River.

The consent decree, filed in Ohio federal court a day after the federal government lodged the complaint against the alleged polluters, includes new land use restrictions and habitat restoration projects. Among the companies participating are Sherwin-Williams Co., Union Carbide Corp. and Norfolk Southern Railway Co.

“This agreement will compensate the public for...
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