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COMPANIES AGREE TO PAY PAST COSTS AT IWP SUPERFUND SITE

 SAN FRANCISCO, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced an agreement with 12 corporations in which they will investigate soil contamination and pay past costs incurred by U.S. EPA for an emergency response removal at the Industrial Waste Processing (IWP) Superfund site, Fresno.
 "This settlement is representative of one of the fundamental principles of the Superfund program: those responsible for contamination should bear the expense of cleaning it up," said Jeff Zelikson, director of U.S. EPA's regional hazardous waste division. "Reaching this agreement reflects EPA's commitment to protect the health and environment of the citizens in the vicinity of this federal Superfund site."
 As part of a consent order, the corporations have agreed to conduct an investigation of soil contamination and an evaluation of permanent cleanup alternatives at the site. The investigation will focus on lead and volatile organic compound contamination. It is expected to be completed by the end of 1994.
 In a related consent order, the agency will receive $1.37 million for costs of the removal performed in 1988, and all past costs through January 1993. The agency has made significant progress on this site cleanup by removal and disposal of all chemical waste and the top three inches of soil at the site. The cleanup also included approximately 250 drums of chemical waste, eight above ground storage tanks, approximately 50 cubic yards of lead solder waste and 80 bags or drums of asbestos.
 Industrial Waste Processing occupies one-half acre at 7140 N. Harrison St. From 1967 until 1981, IWP was a chemical recycling facility. The facility reclaimed glycols from natural gas pipelines and solvents generated by printing industries. It also recovered lead solder and zinc from waste solder generated by metal can manufacturers.
 The site was placed on the National Priorities List (NPL) in August 1990. The NPL is U.S. EPA's list of hazardous waste sites potentially posing the greatest long-term threat to public health and the environment.
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 /CONTACT: Paula Bruin of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1587/


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