RALEIGH, N.C. - A federal judge in North Carolina presiding over two lawsuits brought under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) on Aug. 12 denied requests to require third-party plaintiff PCS Phosphate Co. Inc. to engage in settlement activities but stated that she would discuss settlement timing and techniques at an upcoming conference (Duke Energy Progress Inc. v. Alcan Aluminum Corporation, et al., No. 08-CV-460-FL, Consolidation Coal Company v. Alcan Aluminum Corporation, et al., No. 08-CV-463-FL, E.D. N.C.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 113337).