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AG Coakley on Big Dig Deal

State and federal officials have released details of their settlement with Big Dig contractors. Bechtel, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and other companies will pay a total of $458 million for "gross failures" on the $15 billion Central Artery Project.

Most of the settlement money will go into a new fund created to pay for "non routine" repairs and maintenance of the Big Dig.

The agreement clears the contractors of pending state and federal civil and criminal cases. It also releases them from liability for future incidents, barring a catastrophe. As well, the companies can continue to compete for future government projects.

Massachusetts' Attorney General announced the agreement in Boston yesterday. She joins WBUR's Bob Oakes to talk about it.

This program aired on January 24, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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