Ford near terms on seven-year-old Rouge plant cleanup lawsuit

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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