$8.2 million settlement with three U.S. companies for natural resource damagesStaff Writer | June 30, 2017
The U.S. and the States of Minnesota and Wisconsin announced an $8.2 million settlement with XIK, Honeywell International, and Domtar to resolve a claim for natural resource damages.
Ecology St. Louis River / Interlake / Duluth Tar
The SLRIDT Site consists of 255 acres of land and river embayments located primarily in Duluth, Minnesota, and extends into the St. Louis River, including Stryker Bay.
According to the complaint, filed simultaneously with the settlement today in the District of Minnesota, the three companies are liable for industrial discharges of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) at the SLRIDT Site during the first half of the 20th Century.
PAHs were identified in river sediments throughout the Site in sufficient concentrations to cause injury to many types of natural resources, including vegetation, fish and birds.
In addition, PAH-contaminated natural resources resulted in the loss of recreational fishing and tribal use services. ■