PERRINE V. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY SETTLEMENT
Below, please find a summary of Settlement milestones for October 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 October.
Round 3 of testing is scheduled to begin November 1, 2015, and we will have 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. This approach may enhance Claimant Medical Monitoring participation.
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.
By Order dated May 1, 2012, the Court selected NCM as the clean-up contractor, and as October 2015 came to a close NCM had completed remediating 218 parcels of soil (Zone 1A only) of the 229 parcels to be remediated (95% complete) and 511 houses of the approximately 802 houses to be remediated (64% 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 October 31, 2015, 23 of these soil properties have now been remediated. We project that soil remediation will be completed in 2015.
In October, we began preparing 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 October 31, 2015, there have been approximately 17,239 telephone calls from Claimants to the Claims Office, and 7,917 Claims Office visits by Claimants.