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12 Parties Named in Fox River Clean-Up Lawsuit

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WTAQ) - The federal and state justice departments filed a lawsuit Thursday to get 10 paper companies and two communities to pay to remove contaminated PCBs from the Fox River. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Green Bay.

It said the paper firms, the city of Appleton, and the Neenah-Menasha Sewerage Commission owe Washington $16.5 million for the work done so far. The government’s lawsuit also demands the 12 parties to agree to future clean-up costs for a project that’s expected to exceed a billion dollars.

The clean-up began in May of last year with dredging work. The PCBs were dumped by paper companies until the 1970s and they’ll be removed and capped during a project that’s expected to last for eight years in all.

The US Justice Department also filed a proposed consent decree to resolve the government’s claims against Georgia-Pacific. If approved, the firm would pay $7 million to cover past and future clean-up costs.

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