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.