$54 million Maryland fly ash, class action settlement wins court approval

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.

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