May 31, 2024 - News

You may be owed money from Delaware River chemical spill

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

If you were impacted by last year's chemical spill in the Delaware River, you may be entitled to a cash payout.

Why it matters: Yes, we know it sounds like a lawyerly infomercial, but a $2.7 million settlement with the companies responsible for the Bucks County spill sets aside $25 payments for everyone affected.

How it works: Those who file claims with proof of residence in the affected area at the time are eligible to collect $25.

  • If you can provide proof of economic loss from the spill, such as receipts or income statements, you can claim up to $50.

Catch up quick: Many Philadelphians stocked up on bottled water after more than 8,000 gallons of a water-soluble acrylic polymer spilled into the Delaware River in March 2023.

  • The spill was traced to the Altuglas Trinseo chemical plant in Bristol, where an "equipment failure" was reported to have occurred.
  • City officials repeatedly tested the water but found no evidence the spill tainted Philadelphia's water supply.
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