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Breaking: Ash Grove Cement Sues Lone Star Industries–the First of Likely Many Contribution Claims Related to the Duwamish River Superfund Site

Posted in Cleanup & Superfund, Water Quality

Ash Grove Cement, the owners of a cement manufacturing facility located at the mouth of the Duwamish River immediately south of the West Seattle Bridge, filed suit against Lone Star Industries on Friday in the Western District of Washington, seeking cost recovery and contribution under CERCLA, MTCA and also asserting various related common law claims…. Continue Reading

Manufacturers: A New Class of Liability for Cleanup Statutory Schemes?

Posted in Clean Water Act, Cleanup & Superfund, Emerging Policy, Uncategorized, Water Quality

Most people familiar with state cleanup laws or the federal counterpart, CERCLA, are familiar with four general classes of liable parties: 1) Owners or operators of contaminated facilities; 2) Past owners or operators of facilities at the time of release or disposal of hazardous substances; 3) Parties that arranged for disposal of hazardous substances at… Continue Reading

Happy Halloween: Feasibility Study for the Duwamish Completed, EPA Sends General Notice Letters

Posted in Cleanup & Superfund, Environmental Risk

A one-two punch in terms of the Duwamish Superfund site: First, late Halloween night, the Lower Duwamish Waterway Group posted the Final Feasibility Study for the Lower Duwamish. The entire document is available on LDWG’s site. This past Tuesday, EPA and Ecology had a public meeting where they outlined the changes between the draft feasibility… Continue Reading

Duwamish River Superfund Update

Posted in Cleanup & Superfund, Emerging Policy, Environmental Risk, Public Health Policy

I’ve blogged before on various aspects of the Duwamish Superfund site process, which began in 2001 with the lower 5 miles of the Duwamish River being listed as a federal Superfund site. The last decade has seen a massive study of the river and scoping of cleanup options by the Lower Duwamish Waterway Group, (“LDWG”),… Continue Reading

EPA’s CERCLA Section 104(e) Information Request: What is this?

Posted in Cleanup & Superfund

Many businesses located in or near Superfund sites eventually will receive a Section 104(e) Information Request from EPA. This is particularly true at large aquatic sites such as the Portland Harbor Superfund Site in Oregon, the Lower Duwamish Superfund Site in Seattle, the Fox River in Wisconsin and other sites involving industrial corridors adjacent to… Continue Reading

EPA Releases Final Remedial Investigation for the Lower Duwamish Superfund Site

Posted in Cleanup & Superfund

Yesterday, EPA released the final draft of the Remedial Investigation (“RI”) for the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site. The complete text is available here. The Duwamish Superfund Site consists of the lower five miles of the Duwamish River, which empties near the Seattle waterfront. EPA listed this site in 2000 in response to contamination concerns,… Continue Reading