Under a $20 million settlement of a state-federal lawsuit over chemical discharges into the Wissahickon Creek announced Thursday, Merck & Co. Inc. agreed to pay the following:

Fines

  • $750,000: U.S. government.
  • $750,000: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • $75,000: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.


Improvements to West Point plant

  • At least $10 million: Estimated cost of changes to, among other things, create a tracking system for waste handling; increase testing and assessment; and overall improved wastewater management.


Environmental projects

  • $4.6 million: Toward purchase of 96 acres for public open space for Erdenheim Farm's Angus Tract.
  • $1.7 million: For project to restore Wissahickon Creek at the farm.
  • $400,000: For environmental enhancement of farm's Angus Tract.
  • $350,000: Purchase of an early-warning monitoring system just above city drinking water intakes on the Schuylkill.
  • $850,000: For improved Wissahickon water treatment by Upper Gwynedd Township.
  • $1.2 million: For a new Wissahickon restoration project and other proposals.

SOURCE: U.S. Justice Department