PERRINE V. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY SETTLEMENT
Below, please find a summary of Settlement milestones for November 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. MEDICAL MONITORING PROGRAM
Important Medical Monitoring Program (the “Program”) milestones were accomplished in November.
On December 1, 2013, we began the second round of testing for Program Claimants, which came to a virtual close in November 2014. Through November 2014, 994 claimants had signed up for the second round of testing.
On November 20, 2014, we had our quarterly Medical Monitoring Program review meeting with CTIA, the Finance Committee and the Claimants Committee.
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 November 2014 came to a close NCM had completed remediating 185 parcels of soil (Zone 1A only) of the 229 parcels to be remediated (81% complete) and 357 houses of the approximately 802 houses to be remediated (44.5 % complete). All 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 in 2014, 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 44 Zone 1A soil properties that are not remediated. Soil remediation in Spelter was completed for all but 4 properties, with the remaining unfinished soil properties being in Erie. We project that soil remediation will be completed in 2015.
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.
C. ADDITIONAL MILESTONES
Through November 30, 2014, there have been approximately 15,836 telephone calls from Claimants to the Claims Office, and 7,529 Claims Office visits by Claimants.