DENVER — La Plata County is scheduled to head to trial in October in its lawsuit against a rifle manufacturer over groundwater pollution at the jail.
The trial is set to start Oct. 10 in federal court in Denver.
The county wants Brown Group Retail Inc. to pay costs of cleaning up groundwater polluted with toxic chlorine-based solvents that it says seeped into the ground in the early 1980s, when the site made rifle scopes. The county bought the site from the company in 1983.
Brown Group says the county hasn’t shown how the groundwater pollution could harm people or animals.
The county previously has said the jail’ s air is safe for inmates and sheriffs employees.