Environmental Enforcement: Domtar Paper to Pay $3.2 Million Superfund Costs
Domtar Paper Co. has entered into a proposed consent decree (pdf) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the Plymouth Wood Treating Plant Superfund site near Plymouth, North Carolina.
Domtar has agreed to reimburse the Hazardous Substance Superfund for the $3.2 million in response costs that the EPA accumulated before March 27, 2009, and also pay costs the EPA has incurred since then.
The proposed consent decree calls for Domtar to formulate a remediation plan and take remedial action at Operable Unit #2, on the lower Roanoke River, in line with a September 2008 EPA Record of Decision.
Remedial action will include long-term monitored natural recovery of the lower Roanoke River with fine-layer core sampling, sediment sampling for mercury, analysis for dioxin in surface water, annual inspection of fish advisory signs, and annual review of habitat reports.
The U.S. Department of Justice lodged the proposed consent decree concurrently with EPA’s complaint (pdf) against Domtar Paper Co. on January 3, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
In addition to reimbursement and remedial action, EPA’s complaint asks for injunctive relief to prevent future releases of hazardous chemicals at the facility.
The Department of Justice will receive public comments on the proposed consent decree for 30 days, before the decree is considered and entered by the U.S. District Court.
The case referenced by this article is: United States of America v. Domtar Paper Company LLC, Civil Action No. 4:11–cv–00002 4:11–cv–00002 (E.D.N.C.).
Energy Manager News
- Driving Energy Efficiency in Leased Commercial Space is Complicated – and Worthwhile
- Will Co-Firing Natural Gas and Coal Meet Clean Power Plan Standards?
- Pitkin County (CO) Looks for Solar Opportunities
- Solar Panels Working as Promised for Iowa Company
- China and India: Doing the Unimaginable to Address Climate Change
- Maine Solar Bill That Advocates Claim Could Save $100M Is Vetoed by Governor LePage
- Competitive Green Retailer Star Energy Partners Expands to New Jersey, Pennsylvania
- Flying High: Energy Efficiency, Renewables and Airports