Power Cos. Pay $25M To Montana Town Over Leaks

Law360, New York (May 5, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Five corporations that own an eastern Montana power plant have agreed to pay $25 million to settle a groundwater contamination and land degradation suit brought by residents of Colstrip, a lawyer for the plaintiffs confirmed on Monday.

The lawsuit was first filed against PPL Corp. subsidiary PPL Montana, Puget Sound Energy, Portland General Electric Co., Avista Corp. and PacifiCorp. in 2003.

All five companies jointly own the 2,100-megawatt plant, which generates electricity for West Coast markets.

The 57 plaintiffs, including some of the Colstrip power plant's...
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