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DuPont in $50 million settlement over Virginia mercury pollution: Justice Dept
December 15, 2016 / 4:45 PM / a year ago

DuPont in $50 million settlement over Virginia mercury pollution: Justice Dept

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chemical company EI Du Pont de Nemours and Co has agreed to pay about $50 million to resolve claims stemming from the release of mercury from its former facility in Waynesboro, Virginia, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

The Dupont logo is displayed on a board above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, U.S. on December 22, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

The settlement over mercury contamination affecting more than 100 miles (160 km) of river and floodplain in the South River and South Fork Shenandoah River watershed, includes a cash payment of just over $42 million and up to $10 million to help renovate a fish hatchery in Front Royal, Virginia, the department said in a statement jointly issued with the Department of Interior and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Reporting by Eric Walsh

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