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Environmental Enforcement: Cam-Or Superfund Settlement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Office of the Indiana Attorney General have reached a proposed settlement with 13 potentially responsible parties who will pay for and complete the final phase of cleanup at the Cam-Or Superfund site in Westville, Ind.

The companies agreed to provide $12 million to complete an engineering design and the cleanup of contaminated groundwater, subsurface chemical breakdown products and heavy metals-contaminated soil at the long-closed waste oil recycling facility.

The group will pay EPA an additional $2.4 million to cover the cost of overseeing the work and other administrative costs, and also pay for oversight by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Project design work is set to begin in 2011, with cleanup targeted for the 2012 and 2013 construction seasons.

Cam-Or re-refined waste oil from 1934 to 1987. This is the fourth cleanup action at the site since operations closed in 1987. It was named to EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List in 1998. To date, EPA has reached agreements with private parties to pay $28.4 million out of $31.4 million in total site costs.

The 13 responsible parties are: Alcoa Aluminum, Inc.; ANR Pipeline Company; Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc.; Consolidated Rail Corporation; CSX Transportation, Inc.; Ford Motor Company; Imperial Oil Ltd.; Ingersoll-Rand Company; Northern Indiana Public Service Company; Rockwell Automation; C. Stoddard & Sons, Inc.; Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company; and United States Steel Corporation.

The consent decree (pdf) was lodged with U.S. District Court on Dec. 22, and will be subject to a 30-day public comment period.

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