SAVE THE DATE (2/11): $19.5 Million ExxonMobil Settlement Environmental Benefit Projects (EBP) Community Meetingby on
The next community meeting discussing how to spend $19.5 million from the settlement with ExxonMobil on Environmental Benefit Projects (EBP) will be held on February 11th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Polish and Slavic Center at 176 Java Street (the meeting will be conducted in open-house fashion, so it is not necessary to attend the entire meeting).
The meeting will allow community members to learn more about EBP, meet the project administrators, learn about the next steps and the preliminary list of ideas presented by the community. The funding for the EBPs intendeds to “provide significant environmental improvements in Greenpoint and address environmental areas of concern for the community, such as water quality, groundwater, open space, reduction of toxic pollution, and air quality.”
More Information (Courtesy of the Attorney General’s Office):
“In 2011, a federal court approved a legal settlement between the State of New York and ExxonMobil that committed the company to perform a comprehensive cleanup of its oil and related environmental contamination at its Greenpoint, Brooklyn facility and in the surrounding community. In addition, the settlement required ExxonMobil to pay approximately $25,000,000 in penalties, costs and local improvements.
This amount included a payment of $19,500,000 for “Environmental Benefit Projects” (“EBPs”) to benefit the environment in Greenpoint. According to the settlement, the Greenpoint EBPs are to be designed to secure significant environmental improvements and address environmental areas of concern in the community, such as water quality, groundwater, open space, reduction of toxic pollution, and air quality.”