Judge: Town's Attempt To Enforce Ordinances Is Not Preempted By Cleanup

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - An Illinois village's lawsuit against ConocoPhillips Co. alleging that the company's Wood River Oil Refinery contaminated land, air and water with benzene and other cancer-causing hydrocarbons in violation of local ordinances is not preempted by a cleanup ordered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), an Illinois federal judge held Aug. 26 (Village of Roxana v. Shell Oil Co., et al., No. 3:12-cv-00577, S.D. Ill.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 120714).

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