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Settlement: Old toxic cables to be removed from Lake Tahoe

This photo taken Oct. 20, 2021 shows Emerald Bay's mouth to Lake Tahoe, where a submerged...
This photo taken Oct. 20, 2021 shows Emerald Bay's mouth to Lake Tahoe, where a submerged telephone cable was abandoned decades ago. AT&T's Pac Bell subsidiary recently settled a lawsuit filed by the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance by agreeing to remove 8 miles of cable that is leaking toxic lead into the alpine lake on the California-Nevada line. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)(Scott Sonner | AP)
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 7:02 PM PST
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RENO, Nev. (AP) - AT&T’s Pac Bell subsidiary has settled a lawsuit at Lake Tahoe over 8 miles of toxic telephone cables that were abandoned on the bottom of the lake decades ago.

A consent decree approved by a federal judge in Sacramento settles the suit the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance filed in January under a U.S. law typically cited in Superfund cases.

It also alleged violations of California water quality standards.

Pac Bell has agreed to spend up to $1.5 million to remove the cables. The suit said they’ve been leaking lead into the alpine lake on the California-Nevada line since they were abandoned in the 1980s

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