New Castle County will pay for state park pollution

    Decades after the fact, New Castle County has agreed to pay nearly $500,000 for sewage dumping at Fox Point State Park. The money will come from the county’s $69 million annual sewer budget over five years, and be paid to the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

    The 497,000 being paid for the damage caused by dumping industrial waste into wetlands beginning in the ’40s is just one settlement the DNREC has reached. Negotiations with two other potentially responsible parties, the city of Wilmington and an insurance company continue, the Wilmington News Journal reports.

    It hasn’t yet been determined how the money will be use, but the DNREC is likely to pool it with other payments for environmental improvements.

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