Cascadia Times piece says AmeriTies creosote plant offers $1.25 million plus $250,000 and lawyer fees, but nothing for health impacts.

PHOTO BY SARAH CLARK, COURTESY OF CASCADIA TIMES - Railroad cross-ties treated with creosote are stored at the AmeriTies West plant in The Dalles as the Columbia River spills over The Dalles Dam.AmeriTies, which treats railroad ties with creosote in The Dalles, offered $1.25 million in property damages stemming from its toxic air pollutants in a proposed lawsuit settlement filed in Wasco County Circuit Court, according to the Portland environmental journal Cascadia Times.

A July 28 piece by environmental reporter Paul Koberstein notes the company did not offer to pay for any alleged health damages, other than an additional $250,000 to minimize the impact of air emissions from the plant. The company also would pay up to $500,000 to plaintiff lawyers.

A class action lawsuit filed in 2016 originally sought $20 million.

People eligible to receive payments must have owned or rented residential property in The Dalles from Aug. 8, 2010 until a final settlement date to be determined in court.

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