U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE COLLECTS $6.75 MILLION FROM ATLANTIC RICHFIELD COMPANY
United States Attorney Wendy Olson announced today that her office collected $6.75 million from Atlantic Richfield Company pursuant to a Consent Decree in United States of America, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, and the State of Idaho v. Atlantic Richfield Company, Civ. No. 10-578-EJL.
The settlement resolves allegations that Atlantic Richfield and its predecessor, Anaconda Company, were liable under CERCLA for response costs and natural resources damages relating to releases of hazardous substances at or from the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex Superfund Site (Bunker Hill Site) in northern Idaho.
Under the terms of the settlement, Atlantic Richfield will pay a total of $5,062,500 to the Environmental Protection Agency for response costs and $1,687,500 to the United States Department of the Interior, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and the State of Idaho (the natural resource trustees) for natural resources damages. The amount collected under the settlement is more than the entire operating budget for the United States Attorney’s Office for fiscal year 2011.
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