FMC Corporation agreed to settle the environmental enforcement action against it by the State of New York, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The settlement involves the cleanup of arsenic, methylene chloride and pesticides and other contaminants that were spilled to the environment from its Middleport facility in Niagara County.
The Governor’s office described the settlement as one of the largest environmental enforcement action in the history of New York State.
In a statement on Friday, Cuomo said, “When the health of our communities is threatened, we aggressively pursue polluters and hold them accountable.”
He added, The state is already working diligently to protect the public from contamination released by the FMC Corporation and this comprehensive enforcement agreement requires the company to reimburse taxpayers millions of dollars for past cleanup actions and invest hundreds of millions more until the job is done.”
Details of the settlement agreement
Under the settlement agreement, FMC agreed to reimburse the State $31 million, which was spent cleaning up the contamination in Niagara County.