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Lawsuit over botched demolition at old FirstEnergy plant is settled

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SPRINGFIELD, OHIO: A lawsuit over who had to pay for damages resulting from the botched demolition of a smokestack at a western Ohio power plant has been settled.

The trial involving Akron-based FirstEnergy and contractors accused of negligence in the botched demolition of the closed power plant’s stack in Springfield was scheduled to begin Monday, but officials say it’s been resolved.

FirstEnergy, and its sister company Ohio Edison, filed a lawsuit in November 2013, two years after the 275-foot smokestack tumbled the wrong direction during its demolition by explosives.

It fell onto two turbine generators used by the energy company, causing damage the lawsuit claims amounted to more than $19 million.

The Dayton Daily News reports that details of the settlement between the utility and three contractors aren’t being made public.

See video of the demolition here.

 

 


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