States and the Commonwealth of Virginia have reached a $3.8 million settlement
with Certus Inc., an interstate trucking company, to recover damages
and assessment costs arising from a chemical spill from an overturned
tanker truck, the Justice Department announced Feb. 20.
occurred Aug. 27, 1998 in Tazewell County, VA, and released more than
1,300 gallons of a toxic, liquid chemical product used in carpet manufacturing.
has agreed to pay $3.7 million to restore native, freshwater mussels
injured by the spill and more than $90,000 to reimburse all remaining
unpaid costs incurred in assessing the injuries caused by the spill.
funds will finance a multiyear program to breed juvenile mussels in a
laboratory setting for reintroduction into the Clinch River to re-establish
stable mussel populations.
affected by the spill was home to more than a dozen species of native,
freshwater mussels, including the federally endangered Tan Riffleshell,
Purple Bean and Rough Rabbitsfoot mussel species. The decree was lodged
Feb. 19, 2003, in the District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
There will be a public comment period of 30 days.