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A Dirty Shame

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But they're not liable for any of the cleanup costs. "That's just not how the laws are written," says Holmes, the EPA attorney. Besides, she adds, the agency did its best with PCB, Inc.

"EPA was kind of in a tough position with respect to facilities like this," she says. "It's not like we were going to be a presence there, making sure things are going according to the law. We can't be there every day checking up.

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