BENTON – A corporation alleges that it has spent more than $51 million cleaning contamination caused by a refinery in Hartford.

The Premcor Refining Group Inc. filed a complaint on July 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Apex Oil Co. Inc.; Atlantic Richfield Co.; ARCO Pipeline Co., et al., alleging the defendants violated the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that since the start of the operations at a new crude oil refinery in Hartford in 1941, the defendants allegedly caused and/or contributed to the release of hazardous substances, contaminants, and/or other regulated toxic substances at and around the refinery. 

As a result, the plaintiff claims it has incurred response costs associated with addressing the hazardous substances at and around the refinery. 

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for any costs, damages and liability incurred, interest on any money judgment, attorneys' fees, and such other and further relief as the court may deem just and proper. 

It is represented by James F. Bennett, James E. Crowe III and John D. Comerford of Down Bennett LLP in St. Louis and Mark C. Goldenberg and Ann Callis of Goldenberg, Heller & Antognoli PC in Edwardsville.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 3:17-cv-00738-NJR-DGW

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