Judge rejects residents' lawsuit against ARCO
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A lawsuit against Atlantic Richfield Co. by nearly 100 residents of Opportunity seeking to have the company clean hazardous materials from their property has been rejected.
The Montana Standard reports (http://bit.ly/1gX3CNq) in a story on Wednesday that District Judge Brad Newman ruled that residents knew their properties were contaminated long before they filed the lawsuit.
Newman says that prevents them from bringing suit against Atlantic Richfield Co., which acquired the smelter site in 1977.
Smelting and refining operations occurred from 1893 to the 1970s.
Contamination from the operations was dispersed from the site's 506-foot-tall smokestack, which operated before pollution control technology became common.
The EPA in 2011 put the former copper smelter and refinery on the Superfund list.
An attorney representing Opportunity residents says an appeal will be filed.
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