Kerr-McGee Settles Lawsuit Over Fumes

Oklahoman Published: February 6, 1999

Oklahoma City-based Kerr-McGee Corp. has agreed to pay $10.25 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging one of its chemical plants released fumes that harmed hundreds of people living nearby.

Under the settlement filed in federal court, people living within seven miles of Kerr-McGee's chemical plant in Hamilton, Miss., for three months or more since the facility opened in 1958 could file claims.

Amounts paid in response to claims would be based on how long the recipients lived nearby and how close they were to the plant.

Kerr-McGee denied any wrongdoing and said it settled the 1996 lawsuit to avoid a long and costly trial. The lawsuit, filed on behalf more than 800 people, accused Kerr-McGee of releasing harmful fumes. The plaintiffs blamed the fumes for respiratory ailments and central nervous system disorders. A court hearing on the settlement is scheduled in July.

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