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Pollution Fight

(before 2003)

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A city wants to get money from some companies in the city. These companies are putting bad things into the water under the ground. It might cost $100 million to clean up the water.

Companies use many chemicals in their work. Some of these chemicals can leak into the ground. The chemicals pollute the water under the ground.

The city does not want to put the companies out of business. It is talking to their insurance companies. One insurance company has already given the city $1 million.

Some companies are not happy about the city's plan. They do not want their insurance companies to pay the city. It would be like saying the water pollution is their fault.

A man in charge of the local newspaper does not like the plan. He does not want his business blamed for pollution. He is afraid lawsuits will put him out of business.

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