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Kalamazoo River

Natural Resource Damage Assessment

 

 

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Settlements

 

NCR Corporation Settlement

In 2019, the Trustees participated in a settlement with NCR Corporation that, if approved by the federal court following public comment, will provide $25 million to the Trustees to partially settle natural resource damage claims stemming from past discharges of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the Kalamazoo River. For more information, please see the Trustees' press release. The Trustees are asking the public to submit ideas for additional projects in the Kalamazoo River watershed that will benefit injured natural resources and help compensate the public for associated lost recreational opportunities. For more information on submitting project ideas, please visit the Restoration Plans section of this website.

 

The $25 million funding to the Trustees for restoration project proposals is part of a larger settlement with NCR Corporation regarding its responsibility for PCB contamination in and near the Kalamazoo River. In addition to the payment of natural resource damage claims to the Trustees, the agreement, valued at $245.2 million, involves performance of cleanup work by NCR Corporation, payment of money to EPA for future cleanup work, and payment of past and future government response costs, as detailed in the table below:

 

Table of Settlement Components and their amounts. Click on image to download accessible PDF.

 

 

LyondellBasel Industries Settlement

In a 2010 bankruptcy settlement, the Trustees received $2 million in an environmental trust to be used for restoration related to injuries at Operable Unit 1 (Portage Creek area) of the Superfund site. See Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment, Portage Creek and Operable Unit 1 for more information. The Trustees also received an additional $1.38 million to be used for restoration related to injuries from the Superfund site as a whole.

 

Plainwell Inc. and Plainwell Holding Company Settlement

In 2005, the Trustees received approximately $900,000 from a bankruptcy settlement with Plainwell Inc. and Plainwell Holding Company.

 

 

 

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