Residents forced to stay inside their homes as nearly 40,000 burning tires released toxic fumes in Nitro, West Virginia two years ago, reached a tentative settlement with two companies.
Though U.S. Tire Recovery and ChemValley Properties admit no wrongdoing, they are prepared to compensate nearly 6,000 families in St. Albans and Nitro between $68.60 and $291 apiece.
The proposed settlement must still be approved by a Kanawha County Circuit Court judge.
A shelter-in-place notice was issued on May 4, 2006, after tires stored inside a warehouse caught fire and burned for almost 24 hours.
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