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Court sides with paper mill in Fox River cleanup

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MADISON (AP) -- A court has ruled in favor of the former Appleton Papers Inc. in a long running dispute with insurance companies over who bears the cost of cleaning up pollution in the Fox River.

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a 2008 verdict that nine insurance companies are liable for damage caused by the discharge of chemical pollutants known as PCBs into the river.

The court's 2-1 decision means the companies will be ordered to start paying. In all, the cleanup is expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

Appleton's corporate predecessor dumped PCBs into the river for years as a byproduct of carbonless paper production.

Production of PCBs was banned in 1979 after they were shown to cause cancer in wildlife and be a likely carcinogen for humans.

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