In a major victory for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a federal appeals court has ruled that polluters can be ordered to pay clean-up costs even when another polluter has settled and promised to foot the entire bill.

The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in United States v. Occidental Chemical Corp. reverses a decision by Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm Muir of the Middle District of Pennsylvania that dismissed the case.

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