EPA Contractors Can't Dodge Suit Over Gold King Mine Spill
By Michael Phillis (March 21, 2019, 6:44 PM EDT) -- A New Mexico federal judge has allowed the bulk of claims to proceed against two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractors who worked on the Gold King Mine that spilled 3 million gallons of contaminants, saying they must face allegations brought under federal environmental and state tort laws.
U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson said Wednesday that Weston Solutions Inc. and Environmental Restoration LLC, which were contracted by the EPA to conduct reclamation at the mine site, would have to face many of the claims brought by Utah, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation in the multidistrict litigation over the 2015 disaster....
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