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OCCIDENTAL CHEMICAL WILL REIMBURSE EPA FOR $900,000 IN CLEANUP COSTS

 OCCIDENTAL CHEMICAL WILL REIMBURSE EPA FOR $900,000 IN CLEANUP COSTS
 NEW YORK, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it has reached an agreement with the Occidental Chemical Corp. (OCCI) on EPA's claim for past costs at the C&J Disposal Superfund Site in Eaton, N.Y. Under the consent decree, OCCI shall reimburse EPA for $900,000 of its past clean-up costs at the site. The agency conducted a number of investigative actions at the site between 1986 and 1990, including an investigation to identify contamination and possible methods for addressing the contamination. OCCI is conducting the cleanup of the site under an administrative order issued by EPA.
 "Cost recovery is an important tool in the Superfund enforcement arena," said Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff, EPA Region 2 administrator, "Using our cost recovery authority we can force polluters to pay for clean-up activities without delaying the cleanup process."
 The C&J Disposal Superfund site was added to the National Priorities List in March 1989. Although the 1/10-acre was never licensed as a landfill for waste disposal purposes, C&J Leasing began using the abandoned railroad bed adjacent to its property as an access road and subsequently dumped drums of lead-based paints and other liquid wastes directly on the ground. It was later determined that Occidental Chemical Corp. was a generator of the waste found on the site. On May 30, 1991, EPA sent Occidental Chemical Corp. a demand letter requesting that the company reimburse the agency for its past costs, which is accomplished through this decree.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Breitenbach of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 212-264-2515/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Occidental Chemical Corp. ST: New York IN: SU:


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