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EPA SUES SEVEN COMPANIES FOR CLEANUP COSTS AT SUPERFUND SITE IN LOGAN TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY

 EPA SUES SEVEN COMPANIES FOR CLEANUP COSTS AT SUPERFUND SITE
 IN LOGAN TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY
 NEW YORK, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has initiated a cost recovery action in U.S. District Court in Camden, N.J. The action under Superfund is against seven companies responsible for contamination at the Bridgeport Rental and Oil Services (BROS) Superfund Site in Logan Township, Gloucester County, N.J. The defendants named in EPA's suit are Allied-Signal Inc., Atlantic City Electric Company, E.I. Dupont De Nemours and Company, International Flavors and Fragrances Inc., Monsanto Company, Rohm and Haas Company, and Rollins Environmental Services (N.J.), Inc. Superfund is the federal program to address hazardous wastes sites across the country.
 EPA Regional Administrator Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff explained that, "In its lawsuit, the federal government is seeking a judgment by the court that the defendants are liable for at least $29 million in governmental clean up costs to date. In addition, the government is seeking to have the parties named in the suit pay for any further costs associated with the site. These costs are expected to go as high as $80 million before EPA-conducted remedial efforts are completed."
 To date, discussions between EPA and companies responsible for contamination at the site concerning private-party performance of cleanup actions have been unsuccessful. This means that EPA has had to undertake or fund all cleanup actions taken.
 EPA cleanup actions at the site have included dismantling a waste-oil recycling facility and tank farm, including some 100 abandoned tanks with capacities as high as 300,000 gallons, and incineration, still underway, of oily and highly toxic wastes dumped over a period of years into a 12.7-acre lagoon and adjacent contaminated soils. Contaminated groundwater has been found beneath the site and is emanating from the site, a situation which has already necessitated the provision of alternative water supplies to some area residents. Long-term groundwater cleanup may be part of future response actions conducted by EPA.
 The site is on EPA's National Priorities List which identifies and targets for long-term cleanup the country's approximately 1,200 worst Superfund sites.
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 /CONTACT: Rich Cahill of EPA, 212-264-2515/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: New Jersey IN: SU:


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