PERRINE V. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY SETTLEMENT
Below, please find a summary of Settlement milestones for June 2014:
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. GENERAL MATTERS
In June, Dixon, Hughes, Goodman, LLP continued to conduct outside audits for the Two Funds for 2013.
This month, we provided the Finance Committee with draft minutes of the May 19 quarterly financial review meeting, reviewing Settlement Financial Statements for the period ended March 31, 2014.
B. MEDICAL MONITORING PROGRAM
Important Medical Monitoring Program (the “Program”) milestones were accomplished in June.
On December 1, 2013, we began the second round of testing for Program Claimants, which continued in June. Through June, 859 claimants had signed up for the second round of testing.
C. PROPERTY CLEAN-UP PROGRAM
There are 1,156 Property Clean-Up Registration claims, with no additional claims being allowed due to the Court Bar Date Order signed in June 2013, except for one late claim allowed by the Court in May 2014, for good cause.
By Order dated May 1, 2012, the Court selected NCM as the clean-up contractor, and as June came to a close NCM had completed remediating 110 parcels of soil (Zone 1A only) of the 229 parcels to be remediated (48% complete) and 338 houses of the approximately 802 houses to be remediated (42% complete). In February, the Court allowed remediation of Zone 3 houses to begin, in order to ensure that NCM has adequate inventory to work on, but with remediation of Zone 1A soil, followed by Zone 1 and 2 houses, to take priority under a previous Court Order.
In June, we continued to mop up all remaining remediation in Zones 1B and 2, with remediation in these Zones to be completed shortly. As May came to a close, we ceased providing NCM additional Zone 3 inventory, and in May we provided NCM all the remaining Zone 1A inventory to work on in 2014, with the goal of the Remediation Program for 2014, being to complete Zone 1A.
Soil remediation for the 2014 season began on May 22, with the primary goal of the remediation plan for 2014 being to complete Zone 1A.
Unlike in some clean-up programs, soil and houses are retested for heavy metals contamination after the Settlement remediation contractor, NCM, reports that they have been remediated. If they are still contaminated, NCM must remediate them further at NCM’s expense. Under additional soil remediation procedures approved by the Court (only Zone 1A has soil remediation), beginning with the 2013 soil remediation program, the consistency of the soil (not to have too much clay) will also be tested after the new soil is in place on the Claimant’s yard.
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.
On June 4, 2012, we submitted to the Court for consideration a proposed First Addendum to the CORE Sampling Agreement, previously approved by the Court, allowing CORE to do the post clean-up sampling as NCM cleans up soil in Zone 1A and houses in the Class Area. By Order dated June 11, 2012, the Court-appointed CORE for this task, and CORE is conducting the post-remediation sampling.
D. ADDITIONAL MILESTONES
Through June 30, 2014, there have been approximately 15,348 telephone calls from Claimants to the Claims Office, and 7,365 Claims Office visits by Claimants.