The City of Centralia has been awarded more than half a million dollars as part of a class action lawsuit that included 1,085 cities across the U.S.
The lawsuit, which resulted in a $105 million total settlement, was over the chemical Atrazine having to be removed from the community water system.
Typically sprayed on corn and other crops, the chemical frequently runs off of fields and into waterways used as drinking water.
City manager Dan Ramey commended the knowledge and efforts of city attorney Mike Jones for bringing the class action suit to the attention of the mayor and city council.
Ramey says Centralia’s nearly $543,000 portion of the settlement will help reimburse for past costs incurred for removing the Atrazine from the community water system.