U.S. Must Pay For WWII Plane-Gas Cleanup: Judge

Law360, New York (February 12, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- After a fight lasting more than a decade, a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge has determined the U.S. government must reimburse Shell Oil Co., Union Oil Company of California, Atlantic Richfield Company and Texaco Inc. for the costs of cleaning up World War II aviation gas waste byproducts.

In a decision Friday, Judge Loren A. Smith found that the companies would not have had to pay cleanup costs under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1978 if they hadn't entered into the...
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