Asarco wants to join legal fight over EPA records

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Associated Press

Posted on October 19, 2010 at 3:02 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Asarco mining company wants to join Union Pacific's legal fight over the Environmental Protection Agency's records about lead contamination in Omaha.

The information Union Pacific and Asarco want relates to 5,600 lead-contaminated properties in Omaha. The EPA and Union Pacific have been trying for years to settle who should pay several hundred million dollars to clean up the lead.

The Omaha-based railroad sued in June after obtaining e-mails in which EPA officials discussed deleting records.

Asarco paid $200 million as part of a settlement because it ran a lead smelter in Omaha for more than 50 years.

Attorney Greg Evans says the EPA documents might help Asarco recover compensation from companies that contributed to the contamination.

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Online:

EPA Superfund: http://www.epa.gov/superfund

Union Pacific Corp. lead cleanup site: http://www.uprr.com/newsinfo/media_kit/epa

Asarco: http://www.asarco.com

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