Slow Leak Causes Big Problems

Source: Great American Environmental Division, May 2013

A manufacturer operated a machine-press to form metal parts for the automotive industry. A portion of the machine-press was located beneath the concrete slab-floor. For more than 20 years, lubricating oil from the machine-press was released into the soils under the building. When the soil was tested during a potential buyer’s due diligence, it was found to contain petroleum hydrocarbons. The contamination was determined to he from the leaking machine-press. The manufacturer was held responsible for the clean-up of the soil contamination and the sale of the property stalled.


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  1. who held the manufacturer liable-the state? if so, what state?

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