- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The city of Bozeman, a housing developer and an engineering firm have reached a $7.5 million settlement agreement in a lawsuit filed by homeowners who said the city approved a subdivision near a former landfill that is leaking fumes and damaging their property values.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1QTlEg6 ) the city commission will be asked Monday to approve the settlement for property owners in the Bridger Creek Phase III neighborhood.

A majority of the settlement will be covered by city insurers. Developer Golf Course Partners and the engineering firm Morrison-Maierle together will contribute $2.5 million. The city’s portion not covered by insurance is $750,000.

Two studies, one done by a federal health agency, concluded health risks from the fumes attributable to the landfill are minimal.

Attorneys for the developer and the engineering firm deny their clients are at fault.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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