PERRINE V. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY SETTLEMENT
Below, please find a summary of Settlement milestones for June 2016:
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
Round 3 of testing began November 1, 2015, and, as June 2016 came to a close, 512 Claimants had scheduled appointments in Round 3 of testing.
B. PROPERTY CLEAN-UP PROGRAM
There are 1,063 Property Clean-Up Registration Program claims, with no additional claims being allowed, due to the Absolute Bar Date Order on the website signed by the Court on February 2, 2016, with no right to appeal. However, an inadvertently omitted property was admitted by Order dated May 31, 2016.
By Order dated May 1, 2012, the Court selected NCM as the clean-up contractor, and as June 2016 came to a close NCM had completed remediating 227 parcels of soil (Zone 1A only) of the 227 parcels to be remediated (100% complete) and 581 houses of the approximately 581 houses to be remediated (100% complete). In summary, actual remediation was completed in June, with the Settlement now turning to post-remediation winding-up matters described below.
In June, we continued to prepare for the final phase of the Property Clean-Up prior to the possible payment of a dividend and we continued working on the Road Improvement Program. The Road Improvement Program’s actual road repair portion was approved by Court Order dated February 12, 2016, which is on our website. On March 16, 2016, we received two bids in response to our February 24, 2016 RFP, and we interviewed the two bidders on March 25, 2016. On April 1, 2016, we selected J.F. Allen Company as the successful bidder for the Road Improvement Program, and this selection and the contract with J.F. Allen was approved by Court Order dated April 14, 2016 on our website. J.F. Allen has also provided quotes for making infrastructure improvements in Zone 1A, which the Court will review as a possible partial use of the surplus described below.
On May 26, 2016 we sent a Notice to the Qualified Property Class Members inviting them to a June 22, 2016, 8:30 a.m. Fairness Hearing to determine the use of the approximately $4 Million Remediation Fund Surplus, and the Notice contained a use of the Surplus questionnaire.
On June 15, 2016, we compiled the results of the questionnaire and submitted them to the Court, while mailing a copy to the Claimants who participated in the Remediation Program.
The surplus distribution Fairness Hearing was held on June 22, 2016, at 8:30 a.m., as scheduled. About 50 Claimants attended the hearing and 6 spoke to the Court. An Order on this issue is expected shortly.
We continued to have weekly update calls with NCM, focusing on post-remediation issues.
C. ADDITIONAL MILESTONES
Through June 30, 2016, there have been approximately 18,262 telephone calls from Claimants to the Claims Office, and 8,238 Claims Office visits by Claimants.