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CIBA-GEIGY AGREES TO PERFORM GROUNDWATER CLEANUP AT SUPERFUND SITE IN TOMS RIVER, NEW JERSEY

 NEW YORK, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the Ciba-Geigy Corporation has agreed to perform the cleanup of contaminated groundwater at its facility in Toms River at a cost of $60 million. Ciba-Geigy has also agreed to reimburse the federal government the approximately $10 million EPA has already spent on activities related to clean-up work at the site. The facility is a Superfund site on EPA's National Priorities List for hazardous waste cleanup.
 The agreement was reached after intensive negotiations involving EPA and the company, and several public meetings during the past two years involving the state and the community to discuss groundwater recharge. "The result of this effort shifted the treated water discharge point from the river, which was a very unpopular action, back into the groundwater underlying the site, which has strong community support," Acting EPA Regional Administrator William J. Muszynski said. "It will also result in a $100 million savings to Ciba. This is a great example of how involving all the stakeholders and taking the time to talk things through can produce solutions that not only protect the environment, but also take costs into account."
 This proposed agreement represents one of the largest single settlements to date for a federal Superfund site in New Jersey, and it is a significant clean-up action at one of the most important Superfund sites in the state.
 EPA's assistant administrator for enforcement, Steven Herman, said, "The continued cooperation of the company, and the provision in the agreement through which EPA will recover its past and future response costs at the site, means that the public is spared virtually all of the expense of financing this hazardous waste site cleanup."
 Ciba-Geigy will be responsible for hiring a private contractor to perform the groundwater cleanup with EPA oversight under the terms of a proposed consent decree with the federal government. The consent decree was lodged today with the federal district court in Newark, N.J. The lodging of the consent decree and Federal Register publication initiates a 30-day public comment period on the proposed consent decree. After EPA and DOJ review of the submitted comments and responses to them, the agreement will be entered by the court.
 Under the new clean-up plan, contaminated groundwater will be extracted, treated at an on-site facility and then recharged into the groundwater underlying the site. The modification to the original remedy reflects the agency's response to a request from elected officials, the public and Ciba-Geigy that EPA reconsider on-site recharge of treated groundwater in lieu of river discharge.
 Ciba-Geigy conducted a study of the feasibility of the recharge option with oversight by EPA and New Jersey Department of Environment and Energy (NJDEPE). EPA and NJDEPE reviewed groundwater recharge to ensure that applicable clean-up standards were considered and could be achieved. EPA and the state agreed that the recharge option is technically feasible, can be carried out in a similar timeframe as the existing river discharge option, and that, with institutional controls, it is fully protective of human health and the environment.
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 /CONTACT: Rich Cahill of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 212-264-2515/


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