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UNOCAL Admits Responsibility in Poi
- Subject: UNOCAL Admits Responsibility in Poi
- From: ktint@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 17:08:00
Subject: UNOCAL Admits Responsibility in Poison Leak
UNOCAL Admits Responsibility in Poison Leak at Residential Area
The company will pay $80 millions for mis-handling chemicals
Reuters, Tuesday, April 15, 1997 at 18:29
RODEO, Calif., April 15 (Reuter) - Unocal Corp said Tuesday it
agreed to pay $80 million to settle lawsuits stemming from a 1994 toxic
leak at its Rodeo, Calif., refinery that sickened over 6,000 residents in
The agreement awaits final approval from a county superior
judge, and lawyers will submit a written version to the court once
details are worked out in two or three weeks.
The refinery, bought last month by Tosco Corp, leaked catacarb,
a mixture of chemicals that can cause respiratory problems, nasusea and
skin irritations, over two weeks in the summer of 1994.
The company paid $3 million in civil and criminal fines related
to the leak in 1995.
News of the settlement was first reported Tuesday by the San
Francisco Chronicle. A spokesman for Unocal confirmed the oil company
had reached a tentative settlement but he declined to give further
details before the formal settlement is reached.
Copyright 1997, Reuters News Service