Judge: Vegas on the Hook to Clean Up Old Rail Yard

LAS VEGAS  -- A federal judge says the city of Las Vegas is responsible for cleanup costs at a former downtown railroad yard where a performing arts center is now being built.

A spokesman didn't immediately say Friday whether the city would appeal U.S. District Court Judge Philip Pro's Monday ruling that the 61-acre former Union Pacific Railroad switch yard and fueling station was sold "as is" in 1996 to developers who wanted to build a sports stadium.

The state signed off on soil cleanup in 1998 and groundwater in 2000. The city and the railroad agreed last year to split $10 million in costs so construction could begin on projects including the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Officials say overall cleanup at the Symphony Park site could cost $30 million.

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