Processing Magazine

EPA reaches settlement for Occidental Chemical Corp. Superfund Site

January 31, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week announced that current and former owners and operators of the Occidental Chemical Corporation Superfund Site in Lower Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County, Pa. have agreed to pay $2.1 million in past cleanup costs for the site.

In a consent decree filed in federal court by the Justice Department on behalf of EPA, the companies also assumed responsibility for all future cleanup costs at the site. The companies included Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem), Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations and Glenn Springs Holdings, Inc.

From 1942 to 1985, operators used the site for disposal of industrial wastes including cutting oils, metal filings, tires and PVC sludge resins.

In 1989, EPA placed the site on its Superfund list of the nation’s most contaminated sites to address unsafe levels of trichloroethylene (TCE), vinyl chloride and other hazardous substances in the soil and groundwater.