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Firm in Illinois to Pay $2.5M for Charges Related to Deadly Explosion

An Illinois company has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle safety charges from an explosion that killed three welders and injured seven at a Louisiana containerboard mill in 2017, as well as other alleged safety violations, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.

The blast at the Packaging Corporation of America plant in DeRidder “launched a 100,000-gallon (378,500 liter) storage tank into the air and over a six-story building before it landed on mill equipment approximately 400 feet (120 meters) away,” according to a news release.

Packaging Corporation of America, based in Lake Forest, Illinois, did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent through its website.

Read the source article at Associated Press News

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