Hassan Murphy, managing partner of The Murphy Firm, announced today that Judge Alfred Nance, Circuit Court Baltimore City, has approved the multimillion-dollar settlement of the firm’s class action suit against Constellation Power Generation, a subsidiary of Constellation Energy, on behalf of residents of Gambrills, Md. The litigation claimed that Constellation contaminated residents water supplies and endangered lives by dumping coal ash in a sand and gravel quarry near their homes in Anne Arundel County for more than a decade.
The approved settlement totals $54 million.
The settlement provides for:
The connection of 84 households, previously supplied by private wells, to public water;
The establishment of two trust funds to compensate affected property owners and provide site enhancements in the neighborhood;
The remediation and restoration of the former quarry site; and
The commitment to cease future deliveries of new coal ash to the quarry;
The costs and benefits of these expenditures, improvements and legal fees currently are estimated to be $54 million, said Hassan Murphy, managing partner of The Murphy Firm.