Judge Says Tribes Can Seek River Pollution Damages

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The legal tussle intensified in 2016 when a federal judge awarded the Confederated Tribes about $8.25 million for response costs related to the river’s pollution. Last week, Judge Bastian ruled that the tribes cannot seek millions of dollars for cultural resource damages under CERCLA.

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Judge Says Tribes Can Seek River Pollution Damages : What’s Next?

As the legal drama unfolds, Teck finds itself on the brink of a trial that could have far-reaching consequences. Counsel for Teck declined to comment on pending litigation, while representatives for the tribes and the state of Washington were not immediately available for comment.