New Brighton Suing United States Army over Decades-Old Deal

Updated: 05/22/2014 7:16 AM
Created: 05/21/2014 9:27 PM
By: Tim Sherno

The City of New Brighton is suing the United States Army in Federal court.

In 1988, the Army admitted that it's Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) in Arden Hills contaminated New Brighton's water supply. In a settlement, the Army agreed to fund New Brighton's water treatment, give the city complete autonomy and abide by Minnesota rules and laws.

Now the city says the Army has refused to make payments until New Brighton agrees to new terms, including lower payments, some Army authority in the city's water treatment and adhering to federal regulations.

New Brighton City Manager Dean Lotter says the goal of the suit it to compel the Army to honor it's original agreement, "At no point in time should the cost of cleaning up the army's contamination be shifted to the residents of New Brighton.

In this case the residents are victims. The city stood up and protected those residents, and the army agreed to that settlement, and now they want to change those terms?"


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