Environment & Energy

Exxon, Union Oil Lose Bid to Vacate Superfund Cleanup Agreement

Feb. 18, 2021, 3:28 PM

Exxon Mobil Corp., Union Oil Co. of California, and CNA Holdings LLC’s effort to throw out a Superfund cleanup agreement that prevented them from recovering costs from the federal government was thwarted by a federal appeals court.

The companies said a federal district court failed to meaningfully review a consent decree resolving cleanup responsibilities for a Rhode Island Superfund site before approving it. Under the agreement, the federal government will pay a minuscule share of the estimated $100 million in cleanup costs, they alleged.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit disagreed and affirmed the district...

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