Energy and two railroads have settled a lawsuit over contamination
at the lakefront in Ashland.
Xcel says the Soo
Line and Wisconsin Central have agreed to pay $10.5 million to
help clean up contamination caused, in part, by a gas plant that
operated near Chequamegon Bay from the late 1800s to the 1940s.
The Daily Press (http://bit.ly/1A1CGWW
) reports Soo Line owned the land and operated a railroad corridor
at the site from at least the 1870s through 1987, when it was
acquired by Wisconsin Central.
Northern States Power says the settlement money is only a fraction
of the total cleanup cost, estimated at $100 million.
settlement is another step to ensure that each entity responsible
will pay its fair share of the cleanup costs," said Mark
Stoering, president and CEO of Northern States Power-Wisconsin.
"We look forward to continued discussions with the other
parties responsible for costs at the site."
The city of
Ashland and Ashland County were also named as defendants in the
lawsuit, as was electrical contractor L.E. Meyers Co. The company
operated the gas facility for a brief time.
administrator Pete Mann said Ashland has been involved in
settlement talks with Xcel for about a year. A trial is set to
start April 27.
it will continue right up until the eve of the trial," Mann
amount has come up in discussions between Xcel and Ashland, Mann
said, but the city maintains that it has no liability in the
starts realizing that, I guess there really is no point in talking
about numbers," he said.