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$8.2 million settlement with three U.S. companies for natural resource damages

Staff 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.
Honeywell International
Ecology   St. Louis River / Interlake / Duluth Tar
Those damages were at the St. Louis River / Interlake / Duluth Tar (SLRIDT) Superfund Site brought under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as the Superfund Law.

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.