DuPont in $50 million settlement over Virginia mercury pollution: Justice Dept

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 15, 2016 11:41 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chemical company EI Du Pont de Nemours and Co has agreed to pay about $50 million to resolve claims stemming from the release of mercury from its former facility in Waynesboro, Virginia, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

The settlement over mercury contamination affecting more than 100 miles (160 km) of river and floodplain in the South River and South Fork Shenandoah River watershed, includes a cash payment of just over $42 million and up to $10 million to help renovate a fish hatchery in Front Royal, Virginia, the department said in a statement jointly issued with the Department of Interior and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

(Reporting by Eric Walsh)