Mich. utility agrees to pay after deadly blasts

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LANSING, Mich. One of Michigan's largest utilities has agreed to pay $1 million to create a new response fund after a natural gas line exploded, killing a Royal Oak man.

Attorney General Bill Schuette said Monday Consumers Energy will spend $900,000 to help victims affected by natural gas disasters with shelter, food and clothing. Another $100,000 will help study best safety practices and train utilities and first responders.

Also Monday, state regulators fined Consumers $430,000 for the February explosion that killed Daniel Malczynski and damaged 30 homes and a 2010 furniture store explosion in Wayne that killed two employees.

Schuette says victims helped by the fund won't waive their right to sue the unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp.

The utility says it fully accepts the fines and agreement.

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