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Judge rules against state in Arco case


HELENA (AP) - The state of Montana cannot force the Atlantic Richfield Co. to pay for environmental damage to land near Anaconda because the damage occurred before passage of the federal Superfund law, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon of Great Falls said that while the Superfund law can force companies to clean up mine waste dating back a century or more, the law is clear that companies can't be forced to pay for restoration of environmental damages that occurred prior to the law's passage in 1980.

Montana's attorney general said the ruling this week could undermine...

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