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Big Dig Glue Company Settles Federal Charge

Wed, 09/23/2009 - 4:54am

BOSTON (AP) — The company that supplied epoxy glue used in that part of the massive Big Dig underground highway project in Boston, where a ceiling collapsed and killed a motorist, has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of making a false statement.

Prosecutors said Powers Fasteners Inc. has agreed to a $100,000 fine. They say the Brewster, New York, company failed to disclose in a written manual that an epoxy it supplied for the project was not suitable for securing overhead loads such as the ceiling panels.

Powers denies any wrongdoing. It said Friday it settled "a technical charge" to avoid further litigation.

Milena Del Valle, a Costa Rica native, was killed and her husband injured when their car was crushed by the panels in July 2006. Powers has already settled with the state and Del Valle's family.

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