DuPont was declared the largest chemical company in the market capitalization on a global level in 2014. Its tremendous revenue placed the company as the eight most successful organization among worldwide chemical companies. However, one of its plants located in Waynesboro, Virginia, was found to be the main cause of water contamination with mercury. The facility was closed in the meantime, but the side effects are still damaging an important ecosystem.
As a consequence, the Department of Justice together with the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a possible settlement with DuPont. The chemical company was held responsible for over 100 miles of contaminated watershed from the South River and South Fork Shenandoah River. The chemical giant will have to offer more than $50 million to make up for its negative impact on the environment. However, it was reported that DuPont would continue to stand by its innocence.
The deal will be a response to alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, among others. The waters of Virginia had to go through one of the largest natural resource damage settlement ever happening in the history of Virginia state. The company is obliged to cover the prejudices for over $42 million. Moreover, the same organization will have to pay for the renovations of the Front Royal Fish Hatchery. This project is estimated to cost around $10 million, financial resources that will be added to the settlement.
For 20 years, the levels of mercury have been tested. The results show no amelioration of this sensitive situation. The mercury concentration in Virginia rivers show no signs of decreasing. The water contamination is thought to have led to the harm of several natural resources. These valuable assets are fish, amphibians, and birds. The recreational uses of these waters may have also impacted the health of people.
DuPoint has proven to be responsive to the government initiatives. The management didn’t play an inactive role in environmental projects. On the contrary, the company is known to have invested millions of dollars in civic and cultural events, park improvements, and educational projects for the local schools. DuPoint is also supplying financial resources for the South River Science Team. This department conducted several tests of the water quality of Virginia rivers.
The first operation to solve the water contamination issue may end in February. This project is replacing the most contaminated soil with clean samples. These actions aim to refresh and preserve the native vegetation.
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