PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Three former lead paint manufacturers
want a judge to strike down a proposed plan for the companies to
pay about 2.4 billion dollars to clean up thousands of properties
in Rhode Island contaminated with the toxic substance.
The state last year won a landmark lawsuit against
Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries and Millennium Holdings, which were
found liable for creating a public nuisance.
Rhode Island wants them to pay for the cleanup of roughly
240,000 homes that it believes contain toxic lead paint.
But the companies, in new court papers, says the plan has major
legal problems and wants the judge to either strike it down
entirely or at least throw out certain parts.