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City Plans To Respond To Bridger Creek Lawsuit

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BOZEMAN -

The city of Bozeman plans to respond to residents in the third phase of the Bridger Creek subdivision who are planning to sue the city, Gallatin County and the state.

This city has 120 days to respond to the Notice of Claim letter sent on behalf of four residents.

City officials say it will probably take most of that time to prepare and issue a response.

The case will center around the volatile organic compounds found last year in soil and indoor air samples of homes built near a former city landfill that was not lined.

The residents list many medical reasons for filing the claim, ranging from increased stress to skin cancer.   

A letter of intent sent out earlier this week said the city should never have built the landfill on Story Mill Road, and phase three of Bridger Creek should not have even been approved.

City officials said they are working to resolve the issue.

"Our highest priority is the health and safety of all of our citizens and in this case it is what motivated us to a take a proactive stance and initiate the investigation," said Chris Kukulski, Bozeman City Manager.

Now, officials say the city is working with the Department of Environmental Quality to design a remediation system at the landfill.

The city is also planning another public meeting discussing the next steps it will take in solving the issue in the next few months.

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