States Tell High Court to Hold U.S. Accountable in Guam Cleanup

March 2, 2021, 2:51 PM

A group of nearly 30 states, territories, and Washington, D.C., is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure the federal government doesn’t “dodge liability” in a Guam landfill cleanup case.

Guam signed an agreement with the U.S. under the Clean Water Act in 2004 that required the territory to stop waste in the formerly Navy-owned Ordot Dump from leaching into adjacent water bodies. The territory ended up with a $160 million bill for the cleanup but waited too long to try to recover those costs from the federal government, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said.

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