In 1991, Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. filed bankruptcy petitions under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. On November 29, 1996, the Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. Personal Injury Settlement Trust (EPI) was established. The EPI Trust is organized to process, liquidate and pay all valid asbestos personal injury claims in accordance with the Claims Resolution Procedures. The Trust began accepting claims August 1, 1997.