Judge: PPG Liable for Pollution From Pennsylvania Plant

A federal judge says PPG Industries Inc. is liable for decades of pollution from a western Pennsylvania glass plant.

FORD CITY, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge says PPG Industries Inc. is liable for decades of pollution from a western Pennsylvania glass plant.

The ruling Monday is a victory for environmental groups that contended waste from PPG's Ford City plant violated the state's Clean Streams Law, the federal Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the judge also found the company violated a 2009 state environmental protection order.

PPG says it remains committed to cleaning up the site.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has approved a plan to clean up the 77-acre site. PPG plans to start construction 30 days after receiving permits.

Regulators say the global manufacturing company dumped waste including arsenic, chromium, lead, manganese, copper and mercury at the property between 1950 and 1970.

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