- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Lockheed Martin Corp. and its subsidiaries have agreed to pay $5 million to the federal government over contamination from hazardous waste at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in western Kentucky.

The plant owned by the U.S. Department of Energy hasn’t operated since 2013. Prior to that it enriched uranium for nuclear power plants.

WFPL-FM (https://bit.ly/1QQqqkQ ) says Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin is settling two lawsuits that contend the company knowingly didn’t properly handle hazardous waste. The lawsuits cover the period between 1984 and 1998.

WFPL says lawyers representing the plaintiffs and a spokesperson for Lockheed Martin didn’t return calls. But the company’s annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission said it is admitting no liability or wrongdoing and is settling to avoid further costs of litigation.

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