Asarco seeking lead pollution investigation

Mar 27, 2013 | 01:28 PM | Suzy Waite

Tags  Asarco, Grupo Mexico, Union Pacific Railroad, Greg Evans, Integer Law, lead, copper, pollution Suzy Waite

NEW YORK — Copper producer Asarco LLC has asked regulators in Washington, Nebraska and Kansas to examine whether Union Pacific Railroad Co. contributed to hazardous lead pollution along its rail lines in areas where Asarco paid nearly $2 billion in clean-up costs.

Tucson, Ariz.-based Asarco, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico SAB to CV, paid $1.79 billion in bankruptcy settlement charges in December 2009 to clean up pollution in 19 states. The largest single sum, $436 million, went to clean a toxic mine in the Couer d’Alene Basin in Idaho (, Dec. 11, 2009). ....

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