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Centralia Gets $543,000 Settlement In Class Action Suit

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The City of Centralia has received nearly $543,000 as part of a class action lawsuit settlement against the manufacturers of Atrazine.

City Manager Dan Ramey says the money is part of $105-million being distributed to 1,085 cities across the country. The money is to compensate water systems for money spent in removing the chemical during the water treatment process. The chemical runs off fields into waterways used for drinking water after being sprayed on corn and other crops.

Ramey says the city is not restricted in how it can use the proceeds from the settlement. "The money will be put into the general fund at this point and the city council will have their option of how to spend the money in the future," said Ramey.  "The city's budget right is very tight right now in almost every fund, so I'm sure before it is over the money will be spread around both in the water department and possibly the general fund."

Ramey thanked City Attorney Mike Jones for the knowledge to get the city involved in the Class Action suit and the Mayor and City Council for pursuing the settlement.  

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