United States District Court Holds Raw Wood Debris is Not a Hazardous Substance but Allocates Cleanup Costs to Owners

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Raw wood is not a hazardous substance under the federal environmental statutes, according to a federal district court ruling, but that was not enough to preclude

allocation of cleanup costs to parties who deposited the material. In the decision issued on June 22 by United States District Judge Ronald Leighton in Arkema Inc., et al. v. Asarco Inc., et al. Cause No. C0-5087 RBL (W.D. Washington), the court determined that the dumping sites

constituted facilities for purposes of allocating cleanup costs to the owners.

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