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Brown County, Green Bay to help pay for river cleanup

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s attorney general says Brown County and the city of Green Bay have each agreed to pay $350,000 to settle a complaint about toxic pollution in the Fox River area.

As part of Wednesday’s settlement, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said the federal government will also pay the state $4.5 million.

The money will go toward repairing natural-resource damage and paying cleanup costs.

Wisconsin and the U.S. government sued 10 paper companies and two municipalities in October, accusing them of releasing PCB contaminants from the papermaking process into the Fox River.

Wednesday’s settlement has to be approved by a judge, as does a separate settlement the state reached with one of the paper companies. According to Van Hollen’s office, the lawsuit will continue against the other defendants.

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