CINCINNATI -- The BASF Corp. agreed Thursday to pay $15.5 million in connection with an explosion at its suburban factory in 1990.
Thursday's settlement applies to as many as 25,000 people who lived or worked within a 3-mile radius of the plant in Evanston, Ohio.
BASF also will pay an additional $13 million to victims who suffered injuries, emotional distress or property damage.
Attorney Stanley Chesley said the award was significant, and he commended BASF for paying the extra money.
BASF lawyer Robert Stachler called the settlement 'fair, reasonable and generous.'
The latest agreement does not settle two wrongful death suits filed against BASF by the survivors of two workers killed in the July 1990 explosion.
Investigators concluded that a vapor cloud of highly flammable cleaning solvent leaking from a chemical reactor caused the explosion. The blast and ensuing fire injured 90 people and caused an estimated $50 million in property damage to homes in Evanston and Norwood.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Norman Murdock approved the settlement, but he will still hold a hearing Feb. 6. That's when anyone within the 3-mile radius of the plant can testify for or against the settlement.
After hearing testimony, the court will set up a system on how to make claims.