Atlantic Richfield ordered to pay $29M for pollution cleanupNews Type: State, Federal Source: The Journal Times
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — BP-owned Atlantic Richfield Co. must pay nearly $29 million for the cleanup of arsenic that is threatening a Montana town’s groundwater, an amount that includes $1 million for misleading environmental regulators and letting another company take the blame, a federal judge ruled.
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen’s ruling on Tuesday comes in the cleanup of a former lead smelter in East Helena that operated from 1888 until 2001 and has been a Superfund site since 1984. A groundwater plume containing high levels of arsenic and selenium is spreading from the site toward the town of about 2,000 near Montana’s capital city.