PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon creosote plant has agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit over odor emissions in the Columbia River Gorge.
KGW-TV reports AmeriTies has agreed to pay the settlement to more than 100 residents in The Dalles, who claimed odors from the plant caused damage to their properties.
The company has also agreed to spend at least $250,000 to improve the plant’s environmental performance and reduce odor emissions.
AmeriTies does not admit to any wrongdoing by agreeing to the settlement. Residents who take the settlement agree to not pursue future litigation.
The company has operated in The Dalles for nearly a century. The plant applies creosote to wooden railroad ties.