The Detroit News reports that Ford is close to wrapping up a lawsuit that's been in the works for the past seven years. Ford originally sued the federal government by claiming that the feds should share a portion of the costs tied to cleaning up the company's Rouge manufacturing complex. The site opened in 1917 and helped construct wartime engines, tanks and boats during World War I and II. The report says that Ford and the site's current co-owner, Severstal Dearborn, LLC, have conditionally agreed to two settlements, and that the suit may finally come to a close sometime soon.

The settlements must first gain approval from the Department of Justice before the courts release any details.

The Detroit News reports that the Rouge complex encompasses 1,200 acres. Due to decades of heavy industrial manufacturing, the site is now contaminated by millions of gallons of coal tar and 65 million gallons of waste water held in lagoons and pools. Of that figure, around 70,000 gallons a day are estimated to be leaking into the local water table.


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      harbour
      • 3 Years Ago
      When is Ford going to clean up the paint sludge in New Jersey? Several millions of tons left there.
      drewbiewhan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm with Michelle Bachman... The EPA should be abolished because they are strangling job creators like Ford with too much government regulation! Without the EPA, no one would have to worry about this kind of crap.
        _I_I_II_I_I_
        • 3 Years Ago
        @drewbiewhan
        That's a joke, right?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @drewbiewhan
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        drewbiewhan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @drewbiewhan
        Kudos to the people that got the sarcasm...
        peakarach1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @drewbiewhan
        How about you and the rest of tea party comsume all those toxic water so Ford does't have to spend a penny on it?
      darkness
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whaaaaaaaaat you mean to say Ford isnt perfect.
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      ThinkAboutIt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rogue? Spell-check is no substitute for real proofreading ...
      • 3 Years Ago
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