Bloomberg Law
March 16, 2023, 8:18 PM

Judge Refuses to Toss Suit Over Military Contamination in Alaska

Samantha Hawkins
Samantha Hawkins
Legal Reporter

The United States must face claims that it failed to clean up contamination on a woman’s property in Alaska after a federal judge refused to dismiss the suit for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

Emily Nanouk sued after toxic polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, were detected in high amounts near her home near the village of Unalakleet. She claimed that the Air Force was negligent in allowing transformer oil containing PCBs to be dumped near a radio relay station used by the military during the Cold War, abandoning the site, and failing to quickly remediate the spot.

The US Court of ...