Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

State Should Assess Before Opting to Litigate.(Final)(Editorial)


When it was formally designated a Superfund site in the early '80s, a polluted South Valley parcel became New Mexico's first addition to the national list.

Attorney General Patricia Madrid's office once said that its South Valley lawsuit could generate as much as $4 billion in damages. That estimate has since been cut to $1 billion. It's still the largest environmental damages lawsuit in state history.

The soil and ground-water pollution began in the 1950s and is allegedly traced to toxic solvents associated with years of industrial activity. The lawsuit originally sought damages from the federal government, General Electric, Chevron-Texaco and other companies that operated in the one-square-mile area in the South Valley's San Jose community. …

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