07/23/2013 03:29 EDT | Updated 09/22/2013 05:12 EDT

Lac-Megantic Mayor: We're Suing MMA For Not Paying Clean-Up Workers

LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. - The town of Lac-Megantic is taking legal action against the rail company at the heart of this month's fatal train derailment in the community.

Mayor Colette Roy-Laroche says Montreal, Maine & Atlantic has not yet paid any of the workers it hired to clean up the crude oil that leaked from dozens of tanker cars.

She told a news conference today that Lac-Megantic has paid the workers $4 million so far after some threatened to walk off the job.

Roy-Laroche says lawyers have been told to inform MMA that it must pay up right away.

She described the situation as completely unacceptable.

Forty-two bodies have been found since the blaze and explosions on July 6, with another five people missing and presumed dead.

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