At the question and answer session following the Panel that examined the Kepone litigation twenty years later, Judge Merhige posed the "question that no one has asked... did [I do] the right thing?" The settlement that created the Virginia Environmental Endowment with the contribution from Allied Chemical remains both controversial and innovative today. This Symposium is a product of that settlement and it was created with the hope that we, as citizens and policy-makers, will continue to ask ourselves Judge Merhige's question. We also hope that the State of the Chesapeake Bay Symposium and that the annual Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition will continue to be held.

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