Arco Wants Jury Trial Over NM Uranium Mine Cleanup

Law360 (September 16, 2019, 8:21 PM EDT) -- Following failed settlement talks, oil company Arco has notified a federal court it wants a jury trial over cleanup liability for a Superfund site on tribal land, a former uranium mine that Arco departed in the mid-1980s with a cleanup payment of $43 million.

In a one-sentence filing Wednesday, Arco — also known as Atlantic Richfield Co. — said it “demands a trial by jury on any … issue so triable" with regard to the Jackpile site on Pueblo of Laguna land 40 miles west of Albuquerque. The site was mined for uranium from approximately 1953 to 1982.

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