2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 09:43:23 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs, FUDS: Former Herington Army Airfield (KS)
Raytheon on the Hook for Airport Contamination

Courthouse News
January 4, 2010

(CN) - Government defense contractor Raytheon must pay nearly $3.2 billion to clean up a Kansas airport contaminated with the degreasing agent trichloroethylene, the 10th Circuit ruled.

Raytheon had argued that the U.S. Army was also guilty of contaminating the airfield and should share in clean-up costs. But the Denver-based appeals court said Raytheon failed to show that the Army had actually used the toxic solvent at the former Herington Army Airfield in Morris County, Kan.

The contamination was discovered in the mid-1990s, after which Raytheon admitted that Beech Aircraft Corp., now part of Raytheon, had used trichloroethylene (TCE) in two vapor degreasers at the airport and stored the compound onsite while it operated the airport during the 1950s.


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