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Virginia Environmental Endowment

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Purpose and Activities

The organization works to improve the quality of the environment by using its capital to encourage all sectors to work together to prevent pollution, conserve natural resources, and promote environmental literacy; the endowment also makes grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable organizations, and to government agencies.


Incorporated in 1977 in VA - The endowment, a nonprofit, independent corporation, came about as a result of a court order. In February 1977, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Allied Chemical Corporation was fined $13.2 million for polluting the James River with the pesticide Kepone. With the approval of Judge Robert R. Merhige Jr., a portion of this fine ($8 million) was paid by Allied to fund the creation of Virginia Environmental Endowment for the purpose of improving the quality of Virginia's environment. Between 1981 and 1991, VEE received another $1.4 million in court settlements paid by the FMC Corporation, Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation, IR International, Inc., and Hauni Richmond, Inc. The FMC funds expanded the Endowment's work in Virginia and beyond into the Kanawha River and Ohio River Valleys


Virginia Environmental Endowment

Public charity




919 E. Cary St., Ste. 1070, P.O. Box 790 Richmond, VA United States 23218-0790

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