REMEDIES BY REACH

Orrington Reach

$50 million in primary remedies. $10 million in contingent remedies.

Remediation work in the Orrington Reach will include $50 million in committed funding for capping of intertidal sediments, primarily on the east side of the Orrington Reach. $10 million in contingency funds will be used, if needed, to complete the work or for future cap monitoring and maintenance.

Mendall Marsh

Monitoring and Possible Marsh- Related Projects

The primary remedy in Mendall Marsh will be monitored natural recovery, in which the marsh will be monitored while natural sedimentation gradually buries mercury contamination below the biologically active layer of the marsh. In addition, a portion of the funds for Beneficial Environmental Projects may be allocated to projects that would benefit Mendall Marsh.

Orland River

$30 million in primary remedies.

$30 million will be dedicated to primary remedies for the region that includes the Orland River and the channel east of Verona Island. Remediation measures may include a combination of targeted capping and/or removal, or enhanced monitored natural recovery, a process by which clean sediment is naturally dispersed by tides and currents to dilute contamination and accelerate natural recovery.

REMEDIES THROUGHOUT
THE ESTUARY

Targeted Removal of Mobile Sediment

 

$70 million in primary remedies.

$50 million in contingent remedies.

The settlement allocates $70 million for targeted removal of contaminated sediment that may be caught in the Estuary by tides and currents. The specific locations and amounts will be determined later. Sediment removed from the Estuary would be beneficially reused if possible, by recycling it for use in upland infrastructure or construction projects. $50 million in contingency funds is also allocated to pay for safe landfill disposal if it is not possible to beneficially reuse some of the sediment.

Beneficial Environmental Projects

 

$20 million for beneficial projects.

$20 million in committed funds will be allocated for projects designed to provide tangible environmental or public benefits to the community. These may include restoration projects, tidal marsh projects, and any project that benefits the natural environment of the Penobscot River Estuary or improves recreational or aesthetic enjoyment of the Penobscot River Estuary. Specific projects will be determined later. 

Long-Term

Monitoring

 

$10 million in primary remedies.

$10 million in contingent remedies.

In addition to remedy-specific monitoring, the settlement dedicates at least $10 million for 30 to 45 years of long-term monitoring of the Penobscot River Estuary. Sediment, water, and wildlife will be monitored at regular intervals to track the recovery of the Estuary.

REMEDY TOTALS:

Primary remedies - $187 million

  • Orrington Reach: $50 million

  • Beneficial Environmental Projects: $20 million

  • Targeted Mobile Sediment Removal: $70 million

  • Orland River: $30 million

  • Project Management: $7 million

  • Long-Term Monitoring: $10 million

Contingent remedies up to $80 million, as follows:

  • Orrington Reach: $10 million

  • Targeted Mobile Sediment Removal: $50 million

  • Project Management: $10 million

  • Long-Term Monitoring: $10 million

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