Settlement reached in Fox River cleanup case

Dredging barge on the Fox River (WBAY file photo)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A settlement has been reached regarding Fox River cleanup costs.

State and federal agencies have been fighting for 25 years to hold companies responsible for Fox River contamination.

Several companies dumped industrial chemicals, widely known as PCBs, into the river during the 1960s and 1970s.

The United States and State of Wisconsin sued P.H. Glatfelter Company to reclaim those costs.

A document detailing the settlement terms, filed in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, says an account for Operable Unit 1 (lower stretch of Fox River from the outlet of Lake Winnebago at Neenah Dam and Menasha Dam downstream to upper Appleton Dam) owes a balance of $262,234.61 to the Environmental Protection Agency.

As a compromise, the United States government agreed to not seek the remaining $262,234.60 from Glatfelter.

The parties agree that the government can pursue an additional $282,748.95 of costs in the case U.S. v. NCR.

Those costs are related to Operable Unit 2-5 (downstream segment of Lower Fox River and Green Bay.)

The state of Wisconsin expects the "main part" of Fox River cleanup will be complete by 2019.

The DOJ says $1.3 billion has gone into cleanup of the Fox River.