Settlement ensures paint cleanup at Midway Atoll

Published  12:00 PM HST Jun 18, 2012
HONOLULU -

A federal agency has agreed to a settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity to clean up lead-based paint that has killed thousands of Laysan albatross chicks at Midway Atoll.

The center says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service entered into the settlement Monday to continue cleaning the paint from federal facilities on the atoll in the Hawaiian archipelago, which is the world's key breeding site for the seabirds, considered vulnerable to extinction.

Agency officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The center filed a notice of intent to sue in 2010, arguing that the poisonous paint kills up to 10,000 Laysan albatross chicks each year and also threatens the endangered Laysan duck.  Last year, the U.S. government awarded a $4.7 million contract to begin removing the paint.

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