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CONCORD, MA-Starmet Corp., whose 46-acre property here just received Superfund designation by the US Environmental Protection Agency, intends to sue the US army for payment of the property’s cleanup. The Army, which reportedly rejected Starmet’s recent request for $50 million in cleanup costs, insists that it is only financially responsible for $6.6 million.

Starmet, a former supplier of uranium-tipped bullets, claims that the Army is responsible for the site’s contamination because it contracted for the materials that ultimately contaminated the property. From the 1970s through the early 1990s, when it was known as Nuclear Metals Inc Starmet produced $45 million worth of bullets each year for the Army.

“Our intention is to file a lawsuit against the Army based on contractual documents over 25 years,” Robert Quinn, president of Starmet, tells Globest.com. According to Quinn, it is still unclear how much it will cost to clean up the property, but he says that it could be as much as $50 million. His company, he notes, cannot afford to pay for the cleanup.

The EPA has notified the Army and Starmet of their financial responsibilities in cleaning up the site. Quinn says that the EPA will notify other firms as well although he could not specify which firms.

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