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MESA, Ariz. -- Households involved in a class-action
lawsuit over contaminated drinking water can expect to receive an
average of about $350 each in a few months, according to lawyers
involved in the case.
The $26 million settlement stems from a 1992 case filed by
residents of south Scottsdale, east Phoenix and others who were
subjected to contaminated water.
Tony Lucia, a lawyer handling the case, said a settlement was
agreed to in January and the money was awarded in February.
Checks should be mailed later this summer or the fall, he said.
The lawsuit claimed that residents were exposed to the industrial
solvent trichloroethylene, which is used by semiconductor plants. The
chemical seeped into two aquifers in Phoenix and one in Scottsdale.
The lawsuit contended that semiconductor companies had improperly
disposed of the chemical for more than 20 years, beginning in 1957.
The lawsuit charged that the chemical had seeped into and
Wells pumping the contaminated water were closed in 1981.
Companies paid about $70 million, which was used by officials to
clean up the solvent.
Lucia said a court-approved distribution firm is now trying to
locate past residents who have since moved away from the area but are
entitled to payment.
There are more than 20,000 Scottsdale properties involved in the
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