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By Richard Wolf
Copyright: USA Today
WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court seemed mostly dubious Wednesday that federal claims for environmental damages can be brought after state deadlines have passed, signaling a potential setback for thousands of former Marines and their families exposed decades ago to contaminated water.
The little-noticed case before the court concerned corporate liability for land found to be contaminated decades after the pollution occurred, and several justices sympathized with the landowners’ plight. But they didn’t sound inclined to strike down a state law that foreclosed legal claims.