PERRINE V. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY SETTLEMENT
Below, please find a summary of Settlement milestones for February 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 (the “Program”) milestones were accomplished in February.
On December 1, 2013, we began the second round of testing for Program Claimants, which came to a virtual close in November 2014. Through February 2015, 994 claimants had signed up for the second round of testing. The second round of testing is now complete.
On February 18, 2015, we held our quarterly planning meeting with the Finance Committee, CTIA, the Program Third Party Administrator, and the Claimants Committee. Key issues discussed were finalizing the Claimant questionnaire to help improve the Program, finalizing the Newsletter and budgeting issues for round three of testing.
B. 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 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 January 2015 came to a close NCM had completed remediating 190 parcels of soil (Zone 1A only) of the 229 parcels to be remediated (83% complete) and 381 houses of the approximately 802 houses to be remediated (47.5 % complete). All houses but 1 contaminated house in Zone 1B have been remediated, and all of Zone 2 houses have been remediated.
In May 2014 we provided NCM all the remaining Zone 1A inventory to work on, with the goal of the Remediation Program for 2014, being to complete Zone 1A. Toward this end, NCM conducted Zone 1A remediation in both Spelter and Erie, from May 2014 through November 2014, with soil remediation for the season coming to a close at the end of November, 2014. There are now 43 Zone 1A soil properties that are not remediated. Soil remediation in Spelter was completed for the season in January 2015, to be recommenced in the Spring, in May 2015. We project that soil remediation will be completed in 2015. We are drafting soil remediation invitation lettes to the remaining 43 soil property owners, and will have an orientation town meeting for them in April 2015.
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.
During January, we put NCM on notice that remediation productivity needs to be increased, and we will be mediating this issue on March 24, 2015. If mediation fails, we will be asking the Court for guidance. NCM has put the Settlement on notice that remediation costs have increased, and this issue will also be mediated. We will be meeting with NCM on March 4, 2015, to try to resolve these issues.
C. ADDITIONAL MILESTONES
Through February 28, 2015, there have been approximately 16,107 telephone calls from Claimants to the Claims Office, and 7,590 Claims Office visits by Claimants.