Lawsuit aims to collect plant fire cleanup bills

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A cleanup company is suing an Eaton Rapids plant, claiming it still owes more than $1.3 million following a May fire.

Illinois-based Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. says Magnesium Products of America has paid it some $2.6 million, but still owes $1,350,000. HCC is claiming a breach of contract and wants the court to force MPA to pay the outstanding balance, plus interest and costs.

According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Grand Rapids Monday, MPA says it hasn’t gotten enough cash from its insurer to pay HCC.

HCC says it was hired to clean up chemicals that spilled into nearby creeks and the Grand River after the fire at the auto parts plant on May 2.

Two people were injured in the explosion and fire at the plant, which also forced Ford to halt production of F-Series pickup trucks for about two weeks.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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