PERRINE V. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY SETTLEMENT
Below, please find a summary of Settlement milestones for February 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
Important Medical Monitoring Program milestones were accomplished in February.
Round 3 of testing began November 1, 2015, and, as February 2016 came to a close, 353 Claimants had scheduled appointments in Round 3 of testing.
Bridgeport Express Care, one of our participating physicians, suggested conducting the medical exam and doing the lab work for a Claimant during the one visit when the claimant shows up for the first appointment, and then contacting the Claimant by phone or mail with the results. This may be easier for the Claimant instead of the current practice of doing lab work, followed by a medical exam with lab work review, requiring two visits. In December, the Medical Monitoring physicians were polled to see if they have a preference: 3 like the proposed new method, 2 like the old, and 1 was neutral. Beginning January 1, 2016, 4 began to use the new method and 2 still used the old. We have compared the two methods for participation, with great results: Bridgeport Express Care has over 80% of the Round 3 Participants. CTIA, the Settlement’s Third Party Administrator, is arranging a meeting with Bridgeport Express Care and the other Medical Monitoring Providers to discuss this very positive development.
On February 22, 2016, we held our quarterly Medical Monitoring Program review meeting with CTIA, the Finance Committee and the Claimants Committee at the Spelter Fire Station, reviewing Program operations through January 31, 2016.
B. PROPERTY CLEAN-UP PROGRAM
There are 1,062 Property Clean-Up Registration Program claims, with no additional claims being allowed, due to the Absolute Bar Date Order signed by the Court on February 2, 2016, with no right to appeal. The Order is on our website.
By Order dated May 1, 2012, the Court selected NCM as the clean-up contractor, and as February 2016 came to a close NCM had completed remediating 227 parcels of soil (Zone 1A only) of the 228 parcels to be remediated (99% complete) and 543 houses of the approximately 581 houses to be remediated (93% complete). The one (1) additional Zone 1A soil property to be cleaned above was mistakenly classified previously as a Zone 1B property, that was tested, and is contaminated. It will be remediated in the Spring of 2016. All contaminated houses in Zone 1 (except for 2 late Zone 1A Claimants and 3 late Zone 1B Claimants being admitted to the Settlement late) and Zone 2 (except for 3 late Zone 2 Claimants being admitted to the Settlement late) have been remediated, with Zones 1B and 2 having been audited, and 30 houses in Zone 3 remaining to be remediated.
In February, we continued to prepare for the final phase of the Property Clean-Up prior to the possible payment of a dividend: we began the Road Improvement Program. The Road Improvement Program’s actual road repair portion was approved by the Court on February 12, 2016, and the Order is on our website. Requests for bidder proposals went out on February 24, 2016 and bids are due on March 16, 2016.
We held a Claimants Committee Meeting on February 22, 2016 to discuss: (i) the final portions of the Road Improvement Program: ditches and alleys; and (ii) how to distribute a possible surplus as a dividend.
We are working up a report to the approximately 1,000 participating Claimant families concerning these matters, which we plan to mail out in the second week of March, and will hold a town meeting on March 25, 2016 to review them with these families, prior to submitting them to the Court for a decision.
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 February 29, 2016, there have been approximately 17,722 telephone calls from Claimants to the Claims Office, and 8,043 Claims Office visits by Claimants.