Union Pacific Off The Hook For Superfund Cleanup Fees

Law360, New York (March 29, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT) -- An Idaho federal judge on Thursday dismissed Asarco LLC's lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad Co. seeking pollutant cleanup payments, saying the relief claims involving an Idaho Superfund site were released in the mining company's bankruptcy proceedings.

U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge threw out the case, finding that the language of a bankruptcy settlement agreement "clearly and unequivocally" released Union Pacific from further obligations regarding the Coeur d'Alene Basin, a 1,500-square-mile area located in northern Idaho and Washington, according to the ruling.

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