SEATTLE (CN) – Boeing agreed to restore fish and wildlife habitat it damaged with toxic substances, under a settlement with the federal and state governments and two tribes. Boeing agreed to create habitat for juvenile salmon and other fish and birds along the Duwamish River.
Boeing also will pay almost $2 million in costs and establish a permanent stewardship fund for the projects, according to the settlement.
The agreement resolves a federal complaint brought by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of the Interior, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the Muckleshoot and Suqamish Tribes.
“Both projects will create new intertidal, marsh and riparian habitat, which will largely benefit juvenile Chinook salmon, a fishery that relies on these areas during a critical period in their life cycles when they are adapting to marine salinity,” Lois Schiffer, General Counsel for NOAA, said in a statement.
Boeing does not admit liability. It said it negotiated the settlement to “avoid prolonged and complicated litigation,” according to the consent decree.
The federal consent decree is subject to a 30-day public comment period and approval by the court.