Settlement reached in suit over waste site

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Posted: Oct 8, 2011 12:40 PM
Source: Associated Press

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LIVINGSTON, La.- A long-running suit against the operators of a hazardous waste site in Livingston has been settled for $29.5 million.

The class-action suit covers people who lived within six miles of the center of the CECOS waste site from 1977 to 1990. CECOS attorney Brad Myers said those people still have to make claims, which will be reviewed by a court-appointed special master.

Myers said money likely won't be distributed until next year.

Announcement of the agreement came Friday - decades after complaints began about odors from the site.

Plaintiff attorney Lewis Unglesby said the suit involves more than 1,000 people. The settlement still must be approved by a state district judge at a hearing on Dec. 8.

The suit was filed in 1987. In 2009, a judge ruled that plaintiffs had proven that vapors migrated from the site, and certified a class action.

In the settlement, CECOS is not admitting wrongdoing. Myers said the settlement was reached to end expensive litigation.

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