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Appleton Papers Has Met Its Legal Obligations in Fox River PCB Cleanup

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Appleton Papers Inc., and NCR Corporation have legally completed their dredging, dewatering and hauling of the Fox River, and PCB cleaning activities may come to an end as early as next week.

U.S. District Judge William Greisback of Green Bay Wisconsin, denied a request by the state Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force Appleton Papers and NCR Corp to continue the cleanup efforts of the past two years, through 2011, saying that Appleton is probably not liable for the cleanup under the federal Superfund law, which requires that direct polluters be held accountable.

Appleton spokeswoman Katherine Querard said that dredging is will end this month, but out of reach sediment will be continue to be capped or sand covered until October of this year.

The project, as reported by the Green Bay Press Gazette, involves removing, treating and disposing of sediment contaminated with Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) from the dumping of chemicals into the river from the 1950s to the 1970s with the production of carbonless copy paper. Appleton will have paid about $300 million of the cleanup costs, while the total cost of the nine year projects is expected to be close to $1 billion. disclaimer: This article: Appleton Papers Has Met Its Legal Obligations in Fox River PCB Cleanup was posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 at 8:17 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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