Water Pollution at La Plata County Jail

La Plata County is headed to trial in October in a lawsuit against a rifle manufacturer over groundwater pollution at the jail. La Plata County wants Brown Group Retail, Inc., to pay the costs of cleaning up groundwater that is polluted with toxic, chlorine-based solvents. County lawyers say the chemicals seeped into the ground in the early 1980s, when the site was a factory for Redfield rifle scopes. La Plata County bought the site from Brown Group in 1983. Groundwater sampling confirmed the pollution, and the state health department has said the site needs to be cleaned up to eliminate risks to people and the environment.