Tronox LLC Files Complaint against Environmental Protection Agency

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Bankrupt Tronox LLC has filed an adversary complaint against the U.S. and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, seeking a court ruling that two environmental cleanup lawsuits should be handled as unsecured creditor claims in its Chapter 11 reorganization in a New York bankruptcy court.

Both lawsuits, one filed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the other by the New Jersey agency, relate to cleanup of creosote contamination from a long-closed New Jersey wood treatment plant. The land on which the plant sat changed hands several times. It was eventually sold to individual owners, with part of the land developed into a shopping center.

Tronox, formerly a chemical company of Kerr-McGee, and 14 associated companies filed bankruptcy on Jan. 12.

In September, Tronox said it would fight a $280 million lawsuit brought by the EPA to cover cleanup costs.

The plant, once owned by Federal Creosoting Co., has been closed for about 50 years. …

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