Settlement with DuPont allocates $42.5 million to Virginia river area

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A federal judge approved a consent decree over mercury contamination linked to a DuPont plant in Waynesboro, VA. Waynesboro is in the Shenandoah Valley.

The company issued the following statement:

“Now that the Waynesboro Natural Resource Damages Consent Decree has been approved, DuPont will move forward with its commitment to provide $42.3 million in support of restoration projects in the South River and South Fork Shenandoah watersheds. The trustees will use these funds for a number of restoration projects to enhance natural resources in the region.”

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The statement concluded, “DuPont has a long history of cooperation with, and participation in government initiatives, and ongoing support of the local community. We are committed to working with all Waynesboro-area stakeholders on these projects.”

The settlement involved the state and federal government, but did not specify specific projects for Waynesboro, according to the Waynesboro News Virginian.

The Associated Press, in reporting an agreement reached last year, noted that the case dates back to a distant time when DuPont used mercury in the production of fibers.

The use of mercury ended more than six decades ago, but traces remain.

The Waynesboro plant was later sold to Koch Industries (Invista).

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