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New federal court rule reapportions PCB liability for $1 billion Fox River cleanup effort


GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — A new federal court ruling may force paper companies to be responsible for a larger share of the $1 billion Fox River cleanup effort.

The Green Bay Press Gazette ( ) reports that Tuesday's ruling reapportions river cleanup responsibility based on estimates of the amount of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, released into the river by each of the potentially responsible paper companies. Up until now, the work was almost entirely funded by NCR and Appvion.

A judge ruled that NCR may be no more than 28 percent liable for the cleanup, at least for the section of the river between De Pere and Green Bay. This means the remaining work beyond NCR's share will fall to Georgia-Pacific and Glatfelter.

In the 1950s and 1960s, NCR sold scrap to companies that used it to produce recycled paper. Production involving that paper was a major source of the PCBs in the river.

Information from: Press-Gazette Media,

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