USA: Court finds paint manufacturer PPG liable for pollution posing risk to health & environment in lawsuit over chemicals spill

Author: Matthew Medsger, TRIBLive (USA), Published on: 18 April 2018

"Judge: PPG solely liable for pollution near Ford City", 17 Apr 2018

PPG Industries Inc. is solely liable for chemicals it has allowed to spill into the Allegheny River over the last several decades, a federal judge ruled.  A six-year-old lawsuit that two environmental groups filed against PPG over chemical emissions at its former Ford City glass facility concluded Friday.  Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell...said ongoing pollution at the waste site...“may present an imminent and substantial endangerment to health or the environment,”...PPG spokesman Mark Silvey said in a statement that Mitchell's decision in no way affects the company's established commitment to working with the state Department of Environmental Protection to clean up their former glass facility...PennEnvironment and the Sierra Club filed the lawsuit on Jan. 2, 2012, alleging that PPG violated the federal Clean Water Act and the state Clean Streams Law with unpermitted and untreated discharge of pollutants into the Allegheny River.  According to court documents, the waste site is discharging...toxins into the river and a local stream...“Next step is to ask the court to order PPG to clean up the contamination and clean up this toxic water and assess penalties for years of contamination and dragging their feet,”...

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