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$1M settlement over golf course tree damage from DuPont weed killer

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) Terre Haute's parks department has received about $1 million in a settlement with chemical maker DuPont Co. over damage that a weed killer caused to dozens of trees at a city golf course.

The city was preparing to join a class-action lawsuit against DuPont Co. over the herbicide Imprelis until reaching the settlement, City Attorney Chou-il Lee told the Tribune-Star.

Nearly 90 trees were damaged at the Rea Park golf course more than two years ago, Lee said. DuPoint at first offered a settlement of about $800,000, but Lee said the city negotiated the greater amount.

City officials plan to use the money to remove and replace the trees at the park on the city's south side, with any remaining money going into a new fund for park projects.

"It's going to help the parks department tremendously for their capital projects," Lee said.

The Environmental Protection Agency ordered DuPont to halt sales of Imprelis in 2011 because of complaints that it was damaging trees, particularly evergreens such as Norway spruce and white pine.

Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont has reported spending more than $750 million to settle legal claims around the country connected to the weed killer.

Posted 8/2/2013