Parnell: Flint Hills liable for contamination

Mar 04, 2014 -- 11:00am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says a new buyer of the North Pole refinery will be not be held responsible for groundwater contamination that leaked from the plant but that won't be the case for the current owner. Parnell in a letter to Flint Hills Resources says the state will not lower environmental standards or clear Flint Hills of responsibility in return for an offer to pay part of the cost of piping water to affected residents. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Parnell says Flint Hills will remain responsible for contamination after a sale. Flint Hills in February announced plans to close the plant. Parnell says he rejects Flint Hills attempts to shift responsibility to the refinery's previous owner and to the state, which owned the ground beneath the refinery.

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