Ready to clean up the Wisconsin River

CREATED Apr. 28, 2012

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A federal judge's ruling has opened the door to full-scale cleanup of a Wisconsin river polluted by toxins from a bygone papermaking era.

Friday's ruling says NCR Corp. is responsible for the costs of cleaning up the Fox River in northeastern Wisconsin. The decision is expected to jump-start a costly dredging process there.

Judge William Griesbach says the harm caused by the toxic chemicals can't reasonably be divided among all the paper companies likely responsible for discharging them.

He ordered NCR to begin running at least three dredges 24 hours a day.

NCR did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

NCR and Appleton Papers Inc. stopped paying for cleanup last year, saying other companies should help pay.

Griesbach says NCR could try to force other companies to contribute.

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