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Insurance Agency Owners on Hook for Old Oil Spill

The owners of a small insurance agency in Odgensburg, New York are being sued for the $374,000 cleanup of their office property, a former gas station. After routine construction excavation revealed oil contamination on the property, several 55-gallon drums were found on the site. The property was remediated in 2006, and per New York state law, the current owners are being held liable for the cleanup of past pollution on their property. An investigation attempting to link the contamination to the oil company who ran the gas station years ago has failed, leaving the retired insurance salesmen to foot the bill. The case will likely go to trial next year.

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