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Reebok Companies Settle Groundwater-Monitoring Claims With Attorney General

CONTACT: Gavin Boyles, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3186

August 19, 2011

Reebok-CCM Hockey U.S., Inc. (formerly known as Maska U.S., Inc.) and Reebok-CCM Hockey, Inc., have settled a claim by the Vermont Attorney General that they failed to conduct required groundwater testing in 2008 at a property they own in Bradford. They will pay $40,000 to resolve the matter.

The Reebok-CCM companies were required under a 1996 agreement with the Attorney General to conduct quarterly groundwater testing at a property in Bradford that was formerly used to manufacture hockey equipment. The manufacturing process involved perchloroethylene, commonly known as “perc” and regulated as a hazardous waste under Vermont law. While Maska owned the site, perc was released there, and when Reebok purchased Maska it succeeded to Maska’s obligations to monitor the groundwater at the Bradford site for perc.

“The owners of property where hazardous materials have been released must comply with their ongoing monitoring obligations to protect public health and the environment,” said Attorney General William H. Sorrell.

The Pleadings By Agreement and Stipulation for Entry of Consent Order were filed with the Superior Court in Washington County in early August 2011. Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford approved the settlement by entering a Consent Order on August 15, 2011.

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