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Electronics Company to Pay 95% of Michigan Plume Cleanup Costs

Nov. 20, 2020, 4:04 PM

An electronics company will pay the majority of the cleanup bill for a trichloroethylene plume that spread onto a public works property, the Eastern District of Michigan decided.

The parties—Gould Electronics Inc. and the Livingston County Road Commission—each claimed the other was responsible for trichloroethylene (TCE) pollution on their adjacent properties in Howell, Mich. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan decided the county commission was liable for some of the cleanup costs, but that Gould must pay the majority of the bill.

Gould’s corporate predecessor “dumped vast quantities of waste chemicals, including TCE, onto the ground...

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