Tribal Brownfields: Reclaiming the LandThe history surrounding the northeastern branch of Washington State’s Columbia River is as rich as the metals littering its bottom. For several millennia, its waters supplied indigenous explorers with an abundance of salmon while serving as a trading route and cultural hub for thousands traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest. Follow the river up-stream and eventually you’ll reach the idyllic Canadian town of Trail. With a population of 7,575, it is home to professional athletes, politicians and CEOs. It is also home to one of the largest smelting plants in the world, Teck Cominco (TCM). For nearly a century, the metal manufacturer used the Columbia River as its own personal disposal, dumping contaminated waste into the riverbed. Generations of slag and mercury migrated downstream across the U.S. border, seeped into the water supply and deposited on the beaches. The supply of fish upon which tribes depended for generations was now tainted with…Log In to Read Full Article
RACER Trust’s Proving Ground Stimulates Efficiency
Judge Robert Gerber, sitting in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, signed an order in effect creating RACER Trust in March 2011. RACER — for Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response — was handed a portfolio of more than 300 properties scattered over 89 locations in… Read more
Water, Water Everywhere?
While in the following pages I will recount a number of serious localized water shortages, I can tell you at the outset, this will not be another gloom-and-doom scenario to which you are treated daily in your local and national news sources. Now, in my 54th year of professional effort… Read more