PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) -Portland says a host of metal fabrication, gas and chemical companies should share the $70 million bill for cleaning up the Willamette River after spending decades dumping toxins in and around it. The 10-mile stretch of the river surrounding the Portland Harbor became a Superfund site in 2000.
Portland, Arkema, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Evraz, Gunderson, NW Natural, the Port of Portland, TOC Holdings Co., and the Union Pacific Railroad are footing the bill to reimburse the Environmental Protection Agency for its clean up efforts.
The plaintiffs asked the Federal Court to order these companies to pitch in: A&C Foundry Products Inc., Abrams Scrap Metal Co., Alaska Tanker Company LLC, American Seafoods Company LLC, American Seafoods Inc., Anderson Roofing Co. Inc., Arizona Slag Processing Inc., Baldor Electric Company, Barracuda Tanker Corporation, Barrich Inc., Bay Tankers Inc., Brazil Motors & Controls Inc., Carson Oil Co. Inc., Container Recovery Inc., Cove Shipping Inc., Cove Ventures Inc., Marine Propulsion Services Inc., Eagle Marine Services, General Steamship Agencies Inc., General Steamship Corporation, Gilpin Construction, McEachern Corporation; Glacier Northwest Inc., Grundfos CBS Inc., HAL North America Hudson Waterways Corporation, International Mill Services Inc., K-Sea Transportation Partners, Keystone Shipping Company, L.B. Foster Company, Lakea Corporation, Linnton Plywood Association, M&F Worldwide Corporation, Manhattan Tankers Company Inc., Mar Com Holding LLC, Marine Vacume Service Inc., Mark Marine Service Inc., Midland Ross Corporation, Mineral Services Inc., Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Niblick Inc., Nichols Marine Ways Inc., Olympic Tug & Barge Inc., Peanut Butter Properties LLC, Rainier Petroleum, Red-Samm Mining, Richmond Tankers Inc., RK Storage & Warehousing Inc., Rusco Inc., CSA Acquisition Corp., CSX/Sea-Land Inc., Sound Freight Lines Inc., Stenno Carbon Co., Summit Properties Inc., Taiwan Navigation Co., Tidewater Barge Lines Inc., Trans-Industries, URS Corporation, Michael Wakefield, Waterman Steamship Corp., Western Wire Works Inc., Wilson Oil, Jiahong Zang, Zidell Marine Corporation, ZRZ Realty Company, and Pon Explorations Inc.
The plaintiffs are represented by Patricia Dost with Schwabe Williamson.