The former FMC Corp. site, which closed in 2001, is shown in 2005 in Pocatello, Idaho. A federal appeals court on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, ruled that a Philadelphia-based agribusiness company that left millions of tons of toxic waste on tribal land in eastern Idaho must pay the tribes nearly $20 million plus $1.5 million annually. (DOUG LINDLEY / Associated Press) BOISE – A U.S. appeals court has ruled that a Philadelphia-based agribusiness company that left millions of tons of toxic waste on tribal land in Idaho must pay the tribes nearly $20 million plus $1.5 million annually. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a lower court ruling against FMC Corp. involving a now-shuttered Idaho plant that turned phosphate into fertilizer. For about 50 years until 2001, FMC operated the fertilizer plant that produced 22 million tons of waste stored on the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Fort Hall Indian Reservation. The company contended in one of its arguments that it wasn’t obligated to pay the $1.5 million annual permit fee to the tribes for storing the waste after closing the plant. A judge called that argument “ludicrous.” The tribes say the money will be used for monitoring […]

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