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Union Pacific Says EPA Destroyed Records It Wanted

Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 01:01 PM

Union Pacific has asked a judge to order the Environmental Protection Agency to stop destroying records the railroad requested about lead contamination in Omaha.

The EPA and Union Pacific have been trying for years to settle who should pay more than $50 million to clean up 5,600 lead-contaminated properties.

The railroad says in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that several e-mails show an EPA supervisor encouraged employees to delete messages so they wouldn't have to be released as public records.

Union Pacific Corp. says it shouldn't be held responsible for the contamination. It says it only leased property to a smelting company, Asarco, which later bought the land in 1946.

Union Pacific also argues that lead-based house paint caused the contamination.

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On the Net:

EPA Superfund: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/

Union Pacific Corp. lead cleanup site: http://www.uprr.com/newsinfo/media—kit/epa

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