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The city of Lodi says it needs to raise money from companies that are contributing to groundwater pollution without putting those firms out of business. That's why city attorneys say they are researching insurance coverage for several local merchants searching for a source of money.
The plan is drawing complaints from several businesses including the local newspaper, The Lodi News-Sentinel. A paper executive tells News 10 he's worried an inadvertent admission of liability could devastate the small business.
Total costs for the groundwater clean-up project could reach $100,000,000. The city of Lodi says it has already reached a settlement with one insurance company for about $1,000,000.