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EPA ISSUES ORDER FOR PHOENIX-GOODYEAR AIRPORT SUPERFUND CLEANUP

EPA ISSUES ORDER FOR PHOENIX-GOODYEAR AIRPORT SUPERFUND CLEANUP
 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced the signing of a consent order requiring Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Loral Defense Systems to begin cleaning up contaminated soils at the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport Superfund site, Goodyear, Ariz.
 "This cleanup is one more necessary step towards achieving EPA's goal for this project: protecting the health and the environment of the citizens at the Phoenix-Goodyear site," said Jeff Zelikson, U.S. EPA's regional hazardous waste management director. "The consent order is an example of the effectiveness of the Superfund law that requires companies to take responsibility for the pollution they have caused."
 Under the consent order, Goodyear and Loral are implementing a cleanup remedy selected by U.S. EPA. The companies will be excavating soils contaminated with chromium and cadmium. The soil will then be mixed with cement, buried, and covered with clean soil to prevent chromium and cadmium from migrating into the groundwater and chromium and cadmium dust particles from escaping into the air.
 With this action, U.S. EPA has negotiated over $700 million with responsible parties for investigating and supervising cleanups at Superfund sites in Region 9. Almost 90 percent of cleanups in the western region are funded by the private sector. Nationwide, over 60 percent of all cleanups underway are being taken by responsible parties and the total value of private-party commitments now exceeds $5 billion. "The success of the Superfund program is that it is working as it was intended," said Zelikson. The very powerful enforcement and liability provisions serve as an inducement for the private sector to voluntarily agree to perform cleanup actions, rather than litigate."
 U.S. EPA and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) will oversee the companies' cleanup operations which are expected to be completed in six to nine months. U.S. EPA estimates the cleanup cost will be approximately $400,000. The consent order establishes that the two companies will reimburse the federal government for past Superfund costs related to this remedy.
 Under earlier agreements, Goodyear Tire and Loral agreed to construct and operate two groundwater treatment facilities for contaminated groundwater. They also agreed to remove volatile organics from the soil using a soil vapor extraction process.
 The primary environmental threats at the PGA site are groundwater and soil contaminated with volatile organic compounds, including trichlorethylene (TCE). Chromium and cadmium contamination at the southern portion of the site was caused by the discharge of sludge, primarily from a chrome plating operation, at the site during the 1970s.
 The Phoenix-Goodyear Airport (PGA) Superfund site is located near the city of Goodyear in the western part of the part of the Salt River Valley. The southern portion of the PGA site contains the Loral facility, which was formerly owned and operated by Goodyear Aerospace Corp., and the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport. The site was placed on the federal Superfund National Priorities List (NPL), a list of potentially hazardous waste sites, in September 1983.
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 /CONTACT: Paula Bruin of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1587/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: Arizona IN: SU:


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