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SUPERFUND SETTLEMENT REACHED FOR PHOENIX-GOODYEAR AIRPORT SITE

SUPERFUND SETTLEMENT REACHED FOR PHOENIX-GOODYEAR AIRPORT SITE
 SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced the approval in federal district court of Arizona of a consent decree in which Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Loral Defense Systems agree to conduct cleanup activities at the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport (PGA) Superfund site, Goodyear, Ariz.
 The primary environmental threats at the PGA site are groundwater and soil contaminated with trichlorethylene (TCE). TCE is a common industrial solvent used to remove oil and grease.
 "The success at this site provides yet another example of the Superfund program working as it was intended," said Jeff Zelikson, U.S. EPA regional hazardous waste management director. "This court-enforceable agreement will assure the community in the vicinity of this Superfund site that the environmental damage will be corrected and the public's health will be safeguarded."
 The companies are required, under the terms of the consent decree, to design, construct and operate a groundwater treatment system. They will also remove volatile organics from the contaminated soil using a soil vapor extraction process.
 The agreement includes a description of the work to be completed and the schedules the companies must follow. The companies would face penalties for failing to comply with the agreement.
 U.S. EPA and the state of Arizona, as parties to this agreement, are the agencies responsible for overseeing the companies' performance under the consent decree. The Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and of Water Resources will assist U.S. EPA in monitoring the companies' progress.
 Under an earlier agreement, Goodyear Tire continues to operate and maintain a groundwater treatment system for the shallow groundwater at the southern portion of the site. Operation of the system began in December 1989. Since that time, over 2 million gallons of contaminated shallow groundwater have been treated and reinjected into the ground.
 The southern portion of PGA contains the Loral facility, which was formerly owned and operated by Goodyear Aerospace Corp., and the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport. The airport was owned by the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1968; and is currently owned by the city of Phoenix.
 The PGA site is located in the western part of the Salt River Valley. PGA is divided by Yuma Road into a northern and southern portion. The Unidynamics-Phoenix Inc. facility is located in the northern portion of the site and is not addressed by this agreement. In 1990, U.S. EPA issued a unilateral administrative enforcement order to Unidynamics-Phoenix Inc. for the cleanup of the northern portion of the PGA site.
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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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