PERRINE V. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY SETTLEMENT
Below, please find a summary of Settlement milestones for March 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 March.
With the second round of testing coming to an end in February 2015, and having about 1,000 of the 4,000 eligible Claimants participating, following 2,000 participants in round one, we worked in March on revamping the Medical Monitoring Program budget, by considering only noticing in the future the Claimants who participated in at least one round of testing and reconsidering the roles CTIA and the Settlement in the process, to make the Program more efficient and cost-effective.
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 March 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 389 houses of the approximately 802 houses to be remediated (48.5% 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 23 Zone 1A soil properties that are not remediated, and 17 have been completed except they have some punch list items. 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. On March 31, we sent soil remediation town meeting invitation letters to the remaining 23 soil property owners, and will have an orientation town meeting for them on April 29, 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 mediated this issue on March 24, 2015. NCM has put the Settlement on notice that remediation costs have increased, and this issue was also mediated. We also met with NCM on March 4, 2015, to try to resolve these issues.
At the Mediation, we agreed to ask the Court if the NCM/Settlement Agreement is continuing or has terminated. This will help determine the ongoing relationship between NCM and the Settlement, and the rates to be charged for remaining clean-up of the soil and houses.
C. ADDITIONAL MILESTONES
Through March 31, 2015, there have been approximately 16,225 telephone calls from Claimants to the Claims Office, and 7,620 Claims Office visits by Claimants.