ASHWAUBENON, Wis. Georgia-Pacific
Corp. will pay $10.1 million and donate 1,000 acres for
environmental damage caused by polluting the Fox River,
state officials said Thursday
The agreement represents a "major milestone" in restoring
fish and wildlife habitat in the river, Natural Resources
Secretary Darrell Bazzell said.
Georgia-Pacific is one of seven paper companies accused
of dumping polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, into
the river from the 1950s through the 1970s. The chemicals
have been linked to reproductive and developmental problems
in people, fish, and wildlife.
Officials said some of the money will pay for building
trails, boat access ramps, and picnic areas along the
river. It also will help restore habitat for yellow
perch, spotted musky, and northern pike.