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FAG Bearings

Joplin, MO: (May-03-07) The US Department of the Interior filed a suit against FAG Bearings, a ball bearings manufacturing company, accusing it of natural-resource damages for the release of trichloroethylene at its plant in Joplin. FAG used TCE as a degreaser from 1972 to 1982. The hazardous substance was released when an underground pipe containing a small amount of TCE was damaged. The chemical seeped into the groundwater near the plant, creating a plume of contamination that could be detected in household wells in the villages of Silver Creek and Saginaw. The suit, filed in Springfield, aimed to bring closure to the federal government's claim for damages and formalize at the federal level the settlement that was reached by the state. In a settlement reached, FAG Bearings agreed to pay a settlement for $130,724 that would cover the claims brought by both, the state and federal entities. [JOPLIN GLOBE: GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION]

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Published on May-7-07


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