Posted by: tommtn | May 20, 2015

Lahontan Regional Water Board in California announces final settlement regarding the Leviathan Mine Superfund site near Lake Tahoe



We are pleased to be able to report that our clients, the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board and other California state agencies, finalized a settlement regarding the Leviathan Mine Superfund site near Lake Tahoe.  The settlement resolves a lawsuit brought by the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), successor to the former mine owner and operator.  ARCO sought to hold the defendants liable for all cleanup costs, based upon a settlement agreement from 1983.  The parties reached an agreement in principal on the third day of an anticipated six week trial, but it took some time to finalize the settlement due to its complex nature and the anticipation that the site will require active remediation for hundreds of years or more.  ARCO is currently conducting an investigation with the goal that a final remedy will be selected in the next few years.  The settlement provides for, among other things, ARCO to complete the investigation and the Water Board to construct and operate the remedy, with the majority of funding (75% for construction and 70% for operation and maintenance) being paid by ARCO.  A copy of the Water Board press release can be viewed here and a copy of the settlement is available here.

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