In this Oct. 13, 2005 file photo, deer cross a road stripped of its asphalt at the former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons plant near Golden, Colo. 

(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, file)

Property owners near the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility have finally settled a long legal battle over contamination, agreeing to a $375 million settlement. 

Fifteen thousand property owners near Arvada and Westminster sued the operators of the nuclear weapons plant in 1990, alleging wide-spread plutonium contamination.  Now, the sides have come to an agreement, according to an attorney for the plaintiffs.

If approved by a judge, the settlement will be paid out by the companies that ran the plant -- Dow Chemical and Rockwell International, now owned by Boeing.  It’s not clear how much the federal government is on the hook for; details of the settlement were not immediately available.   

Rocky Flats opened after World War II. For more than three decades it produced nuclear weapon components. It’s now a wildlife refuge.