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DePue enters $975,000 settlement

Village will continue to push for cleanup of Superfund site

Published: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 5:53 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 5:55 p.m. CST

DEPUE — Last week, the DePue Village Board passed a resolution authorizing village president Eric Bryant to enter a $975,000 settlement agreement with Exxon Mobil Corporation and CBS Operations — the “responsible parties” in the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency cleanup of DePue’s Superfund site.

In the settlement agreement released by the village it states, “the village agrees to take no further action to prosecute the underlying litigation and the pending appeal in (the appellate case).”

After the village’s dismissal, the “responsible parties” has 30 days to make payment to the village. The settlement agreement states the payment should be used on water and sewer system upgrades, improvements to municipal buildings and recreational facilities and purchase of capital assets and real estate.

After the village’s board meeting last Monday, the board released a statement noting they were pleased to have settled the lawsuit with Exxon Mobil and CBS Operations, however the settlement concerned only the authority of the village to assess fines and bring certain kinds of lawsuits.

“The settlement does not in any way affect the ongoing clean-up process being led by IEPA, “ the statement said. “The village will continue to participate vigorously in that process to ensure that the health and safety of the residents of DePue are protected and that the village gets the fair cleanup it deserves. It has been almost 20 years since IEPA entered a consent order with the responsible parties to cleanup the hazardous wastes they left behind.”

“We continue to call on Exxon Mobil and CBS to clean up DePue and urge IEPA to continue to push the remediation process forward as quickly as possible. The people of DePue have been waiting too long for simple fairness and justice.”

The DePue Citizens Action Group (CAG) will continue to remain active and work with the IEPA in the cleanup process of the Superfund site.

A copy of the settlement agreement is available at the village hall. The settlement agreement includes a full background on the legal procedures between the village and responsible parties dating back to 2006.

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