DuPont’s US$50M mercury leak settlement approved
Waynesboro, Va., plant released mercury into Virginia's South River, resulting in the largest natural resources damages settlement in the state's history
WAYNESBORO, Va.—Chemical company DuPont will pay about $50 million under an environmental settlement that aims to make up for decades of mercury pollution one of its factories released into the South River in Virginia.
A federal judge approved the deal between Wilmington, Delaware-based DuPont Co. and the state and federal government last week. Court documents say it’s the largest natural resources damages settlement in Virginia history.
It includes more than $42 million for natural resource restoration projects, including fishing improvements and land protection. The company will also restore a fish hatchery, likely to cost $7 million to $8 million, and reimburse some government assessment expenses.
Officials have said mercury from a Waynesboro plant seeped into the South River and flowed downstream to the South Fork Shenandoah River and Shenandoah River.