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BOSTON – Powers Fasteners Inc. was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter in Suffolk Superior Court Wednesday for a death connected to a 2006 Boston tunnel ceiling collapse. Powers Fasteners of Brewster, N.Y., which distributed epoxy used in Boston’s Central Artery, or so-called Big Dig, highway project, pled not guilty. In a statement at the arraignment, Jeffrey Powers said the Attorney General chose to charge Powers because the small, family-owned company is an “easy out-of-state target.” Powers also called it inexplicable that the company was indicted for selling and delivering $1,200 worth of epoxy. “We believe we owe it not just to ourselves, but to the 240 people whose livelihood depends on us, to put forth the facts and clear our family’s name,” Powers said. “We look forward to doing so in court.” The July 2006 ceiling panel collapse killed 38-year-old Milena Del Valle. The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office alleges that Powers Fasteners’ did not warn Big Dig project managers that one of its two epoxies was not suitable for heavy ceiling tiles and that the company’s marketing materials provided inadequate information about the products’ capabilities. In a rebuttal, Attorney General Martha Coakley said that her office has investigated the ceiling collapse for the past year. “To suggest that the prosecution of Powers Fasteners is motivated by anything other than the pursuit of justice — not only for the victims, but for the Commonwealth as a whole — is inaccurate,” Coakley said.

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