PERRINE V. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY SETTLEMENT
Below, please find a summary of Settlement milestones for November 2015:
During the month, much was accomplished in carrying out both the Medical Monitoring Program and the Property Clean-Up Program, after timely beginning on November 1, 2011.
A. MEDICAL MONITORING PROGRAM
Important Medical Monitoring Program milestones were accomplished in November.
Round 3 of testing began November 1, 2015, and we had our quarterly planning meeting on November 17, 2015. In October, we prepared a pro forma budget for review by the Finance Committee for a Mobile Medical Monitoring clinic, like we use in a Mingo County, West Virginia Medical Monitoring Settlement. Despite the use of a mobile unit and more Claimant outreach in Mingo County Program than in the Perrine Medical Monitoring Program, Claimant participation continues to drop in the Mingo County Program. We therefore decided not to implement a mobile clinic.
However, one of our participating physicians has suggested conducting the medical exam and doing the lab work for a Claimant during the one visit when he shows up for the first appointment, and then contacting the Claimant with the results. This may be easier for the Claimant instead of the current practice of doing lab work, followed by a medical exam with lab work review requiring two visits. The Medical Monitoring physicians are being polled to see if they have a preference.
B. PROPERTY CLEAN-UP PROGRAM
There are 1,156 Property Clean-Up Registration Program claims, with no additional claims being allowed due to the Court Bar Date Order signed in June 2013, except for a few late claims allowed by the Court, for good cause.
In November, we petitioned the Court to set an Absolute Bar Date of December 16, 2015, after which there will be no additional property Claimants, and the Absolute Bar Date Order was entered on November 24, 2015. We also noticed a December 16, 2015 town meeting as the final chance to sign up for the Property Remediation Program.
By Order dated May 1, 2012, the Court selected NCM as the clean-up contractor, and as November 2015 came to a close NCM had completed remediating 222 parcels of soil (Zone 1A only) of the 229 parcels to be remediated (96 % complete) and 522 houses of the approximately 802 houses to be remediated (65 % complete). All contaminated houses in Zones 1B and Zone 2 (except for one late Zone 2 Claimant being admitted to the Settlement late) have been remediated, with the completion of these two Zones having been audited.
Soil remediation for the 2015 season recommenced in May 2015, and is being completed now. At the beginning of the 2015 season, there were 24 Zone 1A soil properties that were not remediated. At November30 2015, all of these soil properties have now been remediated. We project that soil remediation will be completed in 2015.
In November, we continued to prepare for the final phase of the Property Clean-Up: the Road Improvement Program. We fine-tuned the description of the roads to be repaired, and tried to obtain bids to do the work. Following the Road Improvement Program, the final step in the use of Remediation Fund monies will be the payment of any surplus monies to the Claimants as a dividend.
We continued to have weekly update calls with NCM and to use a web-based confidential remediation database, being updated by the Settlement, NCM and CORE (the post-remediation testing company) on a real-time basis.
C. ADDITIONAL MILESTONES
Through November 30, 2015, there have been approximately 17,382 telephone calls from Claimants to the Claims Office, and 7,953 Claims Office visits by Claimants.