Overview of the Property Program.
As part of the Settlement, Defendants have agreed to fund a Property Program. The Defendants have agreed to pay as much as $9,000,000 to fund the Program, which will last three years. The Property Program is designed to clean accessible horizontal surfaces in the interior of eligible residential properties. If your property is eligible you will be entitled to receive, free of charge, the following services to be performed by property cleanup specialists: (a) vacuuming carpets, rugs and accessible horizontal surfaces with a HEPA vacuum; and (b) wet cleaning the following accessible horizontal surfaces: floors and floor vents, tops of doors and window moldings, window mullions, interior window sills, window troughs (if accessible), ceiling fans and light fixtures and radiators. The cleanup targets easily accessible areas in living spaces and as such will not extend to attics, garages, utility rooms, outbuildings, utility sheds, closets, internal shelving, and drawers in furniture and cabinets. Objects sitting on top of accessible surfaces will need to be removed by you prior to cleaning.
The Program is not being offered because the residences in the Cleanup Area have a documented dioxin problem. To the contrary, analyses of indoor dust samples taken from living spaces of area residences have shown levels on average substantially below the USEPA Soil Guideline of 1000 ppt. According to the USEPA, dioxin is found almost everywhere, and has many commonplace sources, such as automobile exhaust, fireplaces, backyard barrel burning, cigarettes, municipal and medical waste incineration and the like. Also, testing performed on residential soils in the area has shown no human health or environmental threat. Accordingly, soil cleanup is not included in the Property Program.
The details of the clean-up procedures under the Property Agreement are included in a document entitled Standard Operating Procedure: Removing Dust from Homes which is Exhibit D to the Property Class Settlement Agreement preliminarily approved by the Court. This document is available on this website.