Funds for Restoration

Map showing the Southern California Bight and Channel Islands

Map showing the Southern California Bight and Channel Islands which is the area impacted by contamination.

After determining impacts to natural resources then a settlement for compensation of these impacts is determined between both parties. In 2001, a settlement was reached between the United States and the defendants of the lawsuit for a total of $140.2 million. This amount was paid by the defendants to reimburse damage assessment and legal costs and to pay for natural resource restoration within the Southern California Bight and cleanup activities. Of this amount, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control received $66.25 million; the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program (MSRP) Trustees received $63.95 million.

Cleanup of Contaminants

EPA and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control are using the funds to cleanup the contaminated sediments on the Palos Verdes Shelf. EPA released an Interim Record of Decision in 2009 containing their proposed plan to cleanup the contaminated sediments. Through the Fish Contamination and Education Collaborative, the agencies have initiated outreach efforts to reduce public consumption and to prevent commercial catch of contaminated fish.