City Of Fresno Seeks Financial Commitment From The United States And Boeing To Protect Its Residents And Environment
11/02/2006

The City of Fresno has filed a law suit seeking fair and equitable compensation from the United States and Boeing for their responsible shares of the clean up costs of Old Hammer Field, located at the Fresno-Yosemite International Airport.

The City is a non-polluting owner of the property, formerly a military airport, where military contractors including the United States and Boeing used solvents that contaminated the area known as Old Hammer Field.

As the City of Fresno continues the commitment to protect the health and safety of its residents and the environment by funding contamination clean up costs and efforts, the United States and Boeing have yet to assume their fair share of the clean up costs.

The refusal of both the United States or Boeing to allocate adequate funds for implementation of the Old Hammer Field clean up stands in stark contrast to the City of Fresno’s ongoing commitment to continue paying for and incurring costs associated with the ongoing treatment of City Well Number 70, an integral component of the Old Hammer Field clean up.

Yesterday, the parties received anticipated orders from the State of California to continue the clean up efforts. The City immediately filed a complaint in the United States District Court against the United States and Boeing with the goal of obtaining a global resolution with respect to each party’s fair and equitable percentage share of the contamination clean up costs and ensuring the ongoing implementation of State-approved clean up activities.

To continue protecting the health and safety of the public while the City seeks to force the United States and Boeing to pay their fair share of the clean up, the City has and is committed to maintaining the most vital component of the clean up and investigation efforts that began over fifteen years ago by continuing to pump, operate and treat Well Number 70, even if the City has to bear the entire cost and expense to do so, as the City currently is doing.

For more information on the City’s quest to seek equitable compensation for Old Hammer Field clean up, contact James C. Sanchez, City Attorney at 559.621.7500.

CONTACT: Rhonda Jorn, Public Affairs Officer (559) 621-7777

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