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Parker's Chemical Spill Settlement

July 15, 2012, 5:30 PM by Don Jorgensen

Parker's Chemical Spill Settlement

That large chemical spill in Parker we first told you about last year is finally cleaned up and homeowners are getting their lawns, gardens and lives back to normal.  But it's has taken a long time to replace what one farm accident took away.

When we lasted visited Parker, crews were busy cleaning up block after block of contaminated soil.

A farmer unknowingly had dumped hundreds of gallons of a herbicide from his truck when it began leaking while driving through residential neighborhoods.

The chemical spill killed lawns, flowers, trees and gardens.

"We are organic gardeners and that's the first thing we thought of," Annie Noville said.

Noville's garden took a big hit from the herbicide and experts from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources tested the soil and deemed it unsafe.

"Last year they told us not to use anything out of it because they weren't sure what it would do and they were pretty sure it was carried on by wind, but they didn't want to take any chances," Noville said.

But her garden is back this year and so are people's lawns and flowers. Many reluctantly settled with the insurance company including Derrek Sattler.

"We were just sick of dealing with it and we were kind of getting the run around and wanted what was fair when you have a 30 foot tree that's a lot of money and what they came in at was well below what we thought," Sattler said.

Sattler was one of the last ones to settle with the insurance company.

"We're not happy about it, you are where you are and it is what it is," Sattler said.

Even though Sattler isn't completely satisfied, many are happy to put the chemical spill behind them.

"We are pleased with the settlement and pleased with the outcome, we haven't lost anything really other than what they replaced in the grass," Noville said.

We tried contacting the insurance company to find out what  cleanup and total reclamation cost, but no one returned our calls.

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