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Hercules Plant Wants Portions Of Lawsuit Dismissed

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - HerculesInc. is asking a judge to dismiss claims made by the city Hattiesburg that the business disposed harmful chemicals improperly for decades.

Hercules and  its parent company Ashland Inc. asked the court to overturn the city's allegations.

The companies say the Environmental Protection Agency has jurisdiction over complaints filed under the law.

They want that portion of the lawsuit overturned.

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act program tries to push companies that manage hazardous waste to comply with the standards set by the EPA.

Ashland purchased Hercules in 2008. The plant closed in December 2009.

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