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EPA, DOJ and Indiana reach proposed $14 million settlement on Westville, Ind., Superfund site

Release Date: 12/29/2010
Contact Information: (EPA) Jayna Legg, 312-353-0562, legg.jayna@epa.gov (Office of the Indiana Attorney General) Bryan Corbin, 317-233-3970, Bryan.Corbin@atg.in.gov (IDEM) Barry Sneed, 317-232-8595, bsneed@idem.in.gov

For Immediate Release
No. 10-OPA158

CHICAGO (Dec. 29, 2010) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5, U.S. Department of Justice, Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Office of the Indiana Attorney General have reached a proposed settlement with a group of 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 group will provide $12 million to complete an engineering design and a cleanup of contaminated groundwater, subsurface chemical breakdown products and heavy metals-contaminated soil at the long-closed waste oil recycler, on State Route 2, near Highway 421, Westville, in LaPorte County. The group will pay EPA an additional $2.4 million to cover the cost of overseeing the work and other administrative costs. And they have agreed to pay the State of Indiana's oversight costs in full for the duration of the cleanup.

Project design work will 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 action involving cleanup at the site since 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 consent decree was lodged with U.S. District Court on December 22nd and will be subject to a 30-day public comment period. The complete document is available for review online at http://www.epa.gov/region5/sites/camor/index.htm under "legal agreements;" at U.S. EPA's Records Center, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago; and at the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division, 204 South Main St. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and either emailed to pubcomment-ees.enrd@usdoj.gov or mailed to P.O. Box 7611, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 20044-7611, and should refer to United States v. Alcoa Aluminum, Inc., et al., DOJ Ref. 90-11-3-609/1.

The 13 responsible parties -- called "Work Settling Defendants" -- 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.

For more information about the Cam-Or Superfund site, go to: http://www.epa.gov/region5/sites/camor/index.htm