Settlements are being proposed for cleaning up the Fox River. A federal judge needs to approve the deals reached this week between six companies and two governmental units in the Fox Valley. The deals would add $56 million to the fund to pay for cleaning up contaminated sediments in the river. It’s estimated the PCB cleanup project, the largest in the U.S., will cost over $1 billion. U.S. District Court Judge William Griesbach will make his decision after a 30-day comment period.
If Griesbach approves the settlement, the companies could be released from claims that they were partly responsible for polluting the river. The pollutants were discharged into the river during manufacturing between 1954 and 1971.