Flexsteel Settles ‘Water Contamination Lawsuit’
A Dubuque, Iowa-based furniture maker is paying $6.25 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it polluted the water wells of some Elkhart, Ind., homes.
The Elkhart Truth reported that Flexsteel Industries Inc. admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Flexsteel is a supplier to the RV industry.
The affected homes are in the Meadow Farms neighborhood, south of C.R. 106 and an industrial park near Cooper and Marina drives.
The lawsuit, filed in March 2011, alleged that from 1983 through 2007, Dygert Seating and its purchaser, Flexsteel, polluted groundwater in the area with hazardous chemicals, including tricloroethylene, or TCE, an industrial solvent known to cause cancer.
In 2008 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Indiana Department of Environmental Management connected the subdivision to city water after Geocel Corp, a separate company with an operation adjacent to Flexsteel, admitted it had contaminated groundwater. The Geocel groundwater plume was separate from the plume that these plaintiffs alleged was caused by Flexsteel, the public agencies concluded.
The lawsuit against Flexsteel involved nine homes in Meadow Farms. Some of the plaintiffs have moved out while others remain there.
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