HARRISBURG, Va. (Legal
Newsline) — The Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior and the
Commonwealth of Virginia announced Dec. 15 a proposed settlement with DuPont
valued at an estimated $50 million.
The agreement resolves claims stemming from
the alleged release of mercury from the former E.I. du Pont de Nemours and
Company (DuPont) facility in Waynesboro, Virginia.
“This remarkable settlement will help restore the precious natural
resources of the South Fork Shenandoah watershed, bringing lasting benefits for
future generations of Virginians to enjoy,” said assistant attorney general John C. Cruden for
the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.
DuPont will pay a $42 million
cash penalty and spend up to $10 million on the design and implementation of
renovations at the Front Royal Fish Hatchery.
“Today’s settlement, the largest of its kind in Virginia history, is the
culmination of a coordinated effort by countless partners at both the state and
federal level,” said Gov. Terry McAuliffe. “Thanks to their hard
work, Virginians and the environment will benefit from unprecedented
investments in land conservation and habitat restoration.”