AG: Reebok companies settle Vt. groundwater claims

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Posted: Aug 19, 2011 5:08 PM
AG: Reebok companies settle Vt. groundwater claims

The Vermont attorney general's office says two Reebok companies will pay a total of $40,000 to settle claims they failed to do groundwater testing at a property where hockey equipment was manufactured.

Officials say Reebok-CCM Hockey U.S. Inc. and Reebok-CCM Hockey Inc. were required under a 1996 agreement to do quarterly groundwater testing at the property in Bradford, a small town on the Connecticut River. Reebok-CCM Hockey U.S. formerly was called Maska U.S. Inc.

Officials say a hazardous chemical that's often used for dry cleaning and rubber coatings was released at the site when Maska owned it. Reebok then was obligated to monitor the groundwater when it bought Maska.

A judge approved the settlement this week.

The Associated Press left messages for Reebok-CCM Hockey Inc. in Montreal and Reebok in Canton, Mass., on Friday.