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State Of Vermont Receives Nearly $1 Million Pollution Settlement

CONTACT: Michael O. Duane, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3186

October 31, 2008 - The State of Vermont will receive $940,000 as a result of a settlement of a state environmental pollution case relating to contamination of the former Go-Go Gas station at the Springfield Shopping Plaza in Springfield, Vermont. "This substantial payment to the Petroleum Cleanup Fund will allow Vermont to continue to push to clean up contaminated properties in Vermont," said Attorney General William Sorrell.

Underground gasoline leaks were first discovered in 1996 in the soil and groundwater beneath the gas station. Extensive clean-up efforts directed by the Agency of Natural Resources have been underway since that time and have resulted in the remediation of the soil and groundwater. Studies have shown that there is no threat to the nearby Black River. The State has spent over $600,000 in cleaning up the site, and ongoing monitoring and residual cleanup is anticipated. The settlement is with the Stonington, Northern Security and Great American insurance companies. The settlement includes past cleanup costs, interest and possible future expenses.

The settlement has been filed in Washington Superior Court.

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