Boeing, Dow Chemical fined 926 million over nuclear pollution
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LOS ANGELES (AFP) — A Denver, Colorado court Tuesday fined Dow Chemical Co. and Boeing Co. a combined 926 million dollars over property damages caused by contamination from a nuclear weapons plant.
The court set the fines after a jury found Dow and Rockwell International Corp, which Boeing bought parts of, responsible for damages claimed by thousands of property owners near the Rocky Flats (Colorado) Nuclear Weapons Plant in a trial that concluded in February 2006.
In the class action suit involving some 12,000 plaintiffs and spanning more than 15 years, Dow and Rockwell were accused of allowing plutonium from the Rocky Flats plant to contaminate property in the area, especially residential areas downwind from it, endangering the residents' health and slashing their property values.