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Dow and PPG Lose California Solvent Suit

9:31 AM MDT | May 29, 2009

A San Francisco jury has ruled that two chemical companies are liable for some of the cost of remediating groundwater contaminated with the dry cleaning solvent perchloroethylene (perc) in Modesto, CA. The lawsuit against defendants Dow Chemical and PPG Industries charged that suppliers of perc should bear some of the financial burden for contamination caused by dry cleaners’ use of the chemical. The jury says Dow and PPG should pay $18.3 million to the city of Modesto, a verdict that Dow says it will appeal. However, attorneys for the plaintiffs say that...

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