The Department of Justice and EPA propose settlement for Pohatcong Superfund site

Jan. 15, 2015

NEW YORK — In 1989 Pohatcong Valley Groundwater site located in Warren County, New Jersey, was added to the Superfund list due to elevated levels of volatile organic contaminants in the groundwater.

NEW YORK — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice announced a proposed settlement to address the Pohatcong Valley Groundwater Contamination Superfund site located in Warren County, New Jersey, according to a press release.

The proposed settlement is with various companies including: Pechiney Plastic Packaging Inc. (Pechiney), Citigroup Inc., Albea Americas Inc., Rexam Beverage Can Company and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, stated the release.

The Pohatcong Superfund site is contaminated with perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE), both of which can cause serious health risks, continued the release.

The release reported that Pechiney, under the proposed settlement, will have the primary responsibility for cleaning up contaminated groundwater and soil at the site, connecting various residents to public water to avoid contaminated groundwater and operating systems to capture vapors getting into a manufacturing facility.

Pechiney will also continue to monitor for vapor intrusion into homes at the Superfund site as a precaution, added the release.

EPA will receive approximately $29.5 million for particular past costs and be paid for its future oversight costs at the site, and Pechiney will also perform current and future cleanup work projected to cost $65.2 million and pay EPA’s future oversight costs, noted the release.

Read the entire release here.

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