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Group Sues Over Pollution Threat

October 06, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Sacramento County and 10 water utilities are suing major gas companies over potential contamination of the area's groundwater.

In a lawsuit filed last week, prosecutors and the utilities contend that the companies doubled amounts of the additive MTBE a few years ago to meet clean-air laws without telling the public that it was a threat.

The lawsuit takes the unusual step of claiming damages for the threat to drinking-water wells. It asks that the firms pay for the full probe, along with treatment and prevention of potential MTBE contamination.

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