FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2014
Point Ruston, LLC
Loren Cohen, Manager of Legal Affairs
Phone: (253) 752-2185 x 236
Cascadia Law Group, PLLC
Rodney Brown, Jr., Attorney at Law
Phone: (206) 292-6300
Point Ruston DEVELOPMENT FILES $150 MILLION NOTICE OF CLAIM AGAINST CITY OF RUSTON
Environmental Claims against City of Ruston for Violations of Environmental Cleanup Laws
TACOMA, WA – Today Point Ruston, LLC filed a series of claim notices against the City of Ruston, Washington totaling more than $150,000,000. These notices seek monetary contribution and treble damages related to environmental cleanup at the former Asarco Smelter Superfund Site.
Michael Cohen, managing partner of the construction and development firm behind the redevelopment of the former Asarco Superfund Site, stated “Most of our government partners have stepped up to the plate to help move the cleanup of this site forward – from our $31 Million public-private partnership with the City of Tacoma to re-build the public road and utilities at this site, to the State of Washington’s multi-million dollar investment in the cleanup on the tidelands and sediments along the shorelines of this site – not to mention the oversight and supervision offered by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Unfortunately the City of Ruston’s contribution has been to add to the pollution at this site and stand in the way of finalizing our work on this project.” The claims filed by Point Ruston LLC point to a history of the City of Ruston government’s environmental malfeasance at the site – including that the City of Ruston has hindered the cleanup and caused the further spread of contaminants.
Point Ruston is represented by Rodney Brown, Jr. of Cascadia Law Group, a boutique Seattle law firm that has been Point Ruston’s lead environmental counsel since the project’s inception in 2005. For questions regarding these filings please direct questions to Mr. Brown.
About Point Ruston LLC
Point Ruston is a mixed-use real estate development project taking shape on the site of the former Asarco Smelter site. Located on nearly one-mile of Puget Sound shoreline, Point Ruston includes plans for a mixed-use shopping center featuring more than 250,000 square feet of retail space with restaurants and boutique shopping, and anchored by a 25,000 square foot organic grocer, four-star 175-room Silver Cloud Hotel, and 9-screen Century Theatre cinema, along with a range of housing choices for nearly 3,000 residents. Michael Cohen is Point Ruston LLC’s Manager and Majority Member of the Company. With a four decade career in real estate spanning the West Coast, Mr. Cohen has successfully built and developed dozens of residential and commercial projects including hotels, casinos and golf course related projects.
About Cascadia Law Group PLLC
Cascadia Law represents clients in litigation and regulatory matters that include complex environmental, land use, and natural resource issues. Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and other leading research firms and publications recognize Cascadia Law as a top regional firm whose clients include Fortune 100 companies, small businesses, government agencies, and environmental groups. Rodney Brown, Partner in Cascadia Law, is reported by Chambers USA 2014 as "the premier environmental lawyer in the state." Amongst many other posts, Mr. Brown is Co-Chair of Governor Inslee’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce.