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Companies move to dismiss East Chicago lead contamination suit

March 22, 2018

Companies taken to court over property damage from the contaminated USS Lead Superfund site in East Chicago have asked a federal judge to dismiss the case.

Homeowners filed the lawsuit last year that alleges the companies’ decades-long operations near homes forced property values to plummet.

The lawsuit lists Atlantic Richfield Co., its successor Tesoro Corp.; E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Co., and its successor The Chemours Co.; and U.S. Smelter and Lead Refinery, as defendants in the case.

The companies argue that the Environmental Protection Agency notified plaintiffs of contamination as early as 2010 and entered into a consent decree in 2014, forcing companies to pay for cleanup.

Each homeowner seeks damages in excess of $75,000, alleging negligence, trespass and nuisance.

 

 

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