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Spokane Water Department Settles PCB Claim

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The Center of Justice’s claim that water from Spokane’s storm water drain system contained polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dangerous chemicals that were being released into the Spokane River which violated the federal Clean Water Act, was settled by Spokane City Council in a 5-1 vote.

Under the agreement, Spokane will now:

  • notify people via signs that the storm water system drains into the river ($125,000)
  • Pay the Rose Foundation for Communities $125,000 for projects that will improve watershed quality
  • Pay  $10,000 to the Spokane River Forum for production of storm water publications
  • Pay nearly $41,000 for the Center of Justice’s legal fees

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, PCBs were banned in 1979, and can cause cancer and other serious health problems.

City officials hope that by proving to the Department of Ecology that they are making progress in reducing PCBs in storm water drainage, they won’t be forced to pay any additional claims. disclaimer: This article: Spokane Water Department Settles PCB Claim was posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at 8:39 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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