The company also agreed to reimburse the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) up to $15 million annually over the next two year. The reimbursement is for the state’s expenses as it completes the cleanup of surrounding residential properties and the Royalton-Hartland School
Additionally, FMC agreed to pay $2.4 million in penalty to resolve its violation and $1 for environmental benefit project.
Furthermore, the company agreed to fund an on-site environmental monitor at the facility and implement a site management plan to prevent future environmental violations. It will also assume all cleanup activities after 2020 with strict oversight by the DEC.
Moreover, FMC will fully upgrade its on-site wastewater treatment plant and expand its groundwater collection system to provide full hydraulic control and prevent off-site migration of groundwater contamination. It will also increase its financial assurance to $80 million to ensure it has enough funds to address contamination.
“This significant settlement is a major victory for environmental justice and a major victory for New York’s strict environmental laws put in place to protect public health,” said DEC Commissioner Basis Seggos.