BOSTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The operator and owners of a paint factory in Danvers, Mass., gutted in a 2006 explosion, have agreed to pay $1.3 million to the U.S. government.
The settlement depends on the property being sold, The Boston Globe reported. C.A.I. Inc., which manufactured paint and ink on the site, and Sartorelli Realty LLC and the Nelson Danvers Realty Trust did not admit any wrongdoing.
The explosion forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes on the day before Thanksgiving. More than 20 houses were destroyed and scores of buildings damaged.
A non-profit trust set up for residents and business owners affected by the blast has already received $7 million in a settlement with the insurers, the Globe said. C.A.I. paid $400 in state environmental penalties.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Administration, which was seeking $2.7 million, charged that C.A.I. violated the federal Clean Air Act by releasing hazardous substances.
“The extent of damage from this explosion shows why it is so important that facilities follow basic chemical safety practices,” Curt Spalding, the agency’s regional administrator, said. “Companies that fail to comply with laws that protect public health and our environment will be held accountable.”