The NFL Players Association says the NFL has agreed to a $2 million settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and a coalition of air pollution-related groups over its Super Bowl spill in January.
The league had originally asked for $1.6 million in damages for the Jan. 1 leak that contaminated more than 4,000 people in New Jersey and New York.
The EPA initially asked for a maximum $50 million in compensatory damages.
The NFLPA said Thursday that the settlement was reached “without any compromise of the players’ right to air quality protection, and without imposing any additional cost on the players.”
The settlement agreement calls for a number of changes that the league says will make it more efficient to reduce the number of Super Bowl leaks.
It also calls for more research on the health effects of the chemicals in the air pollution and for an independent review of how much the league can expect to recover.
In addition, the settlement allows the NFL to use “other environmental protection measures” to help the environment, such as by working with a “community-based community-health organization.”
The EPA, the NFL and the NFLPA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.