Published: Sunday 30 April 1995

Sevaral giant chemical companies reprieve at the Federal District Court in Los Angeles, when judge Andrew Hauke threw out a lawsuit Filed by the federal government.

The suit had acused companies like Rhone-Poulence, Westing-hous Electrical Corporation and ICI American Holdings, of dumping pesticides into the Santa Monica Bay, Los Angel and Long Beach Harbours since the mid-40s. It also sought a refund for the dean-up. Hauke ruled that the lawyers had delayed in filing the lawsuit.

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