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Hazardous wastes & substances

Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals Ltd.

A district court held that the state of Washington is not liable as an arranger under CERCLA for hazardous waste contamination stemming from mining operations on state lands. The state entered into mining contracts with a Canadian...

Seattle, City of v. Washington State Dep't of Transp.

The court holds that although a state department of transportation is technically liable under the Washington Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) for the disposal of a tank car at a Superfund site, the department need not pay remedial...

In re Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pac. R.R.

The court holds that a contribution claim under the 1989 Washington state Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) against a railroad reorganized in bankruptcy is not subject to a 1985 claims bar date. The claim arose out of an environmental...

In re Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pac. R.R.

The court holds that a company's indemnification claims for state and federal liability incurred for the cleanup of pollution on property it purchased from a bankruptcy trustee are barred by the debtor's reorganization plan's bar date...

In re Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pac. R.R.

The court holds that a district court properly ruled that the Washington State Department of Transportation's (WSDOT's) Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) claim for response costs against the...