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U.S. ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES FILING OF A COMPLAINT AGAINST FIRMS, ALLEGING VIOLATIONS OF CERCLA

 PHILADELPHIA, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Attorney Michael J. Rotko today announced the filing of a complaint against Joseph M. Blosenski Jr., Delaware Container Corporation and ICI Americas, Inc. alleging violations of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensations and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) in connection with their activities at the Blosenski Landfill Superfund site located on Route 340, West Caln Township, Chester County, Pa.
 The complaint alleges that Joseph M. Blosenski is doing business as Blosenski Disposal Company and operated the landfill from the early 1970s to the early 1980s. During its operation, industrial and municipal waste were dumped at the landfill. Some of these waste materials contained acetone, phenol and toluene, all of which are defined by CERCLA as hazardous substances. Also, in 1971 Blosenski purchased a portion of the landfill and continues to own it.
 According to the complaint, on Sept. 1, 1983, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed this landfill on the National Priorities List (NPL), a national list of hazardous waste sites posing the greatest threat to health, welfare and the environment. Since September 1983, the EPA has directed a massive cleanup of the site at a cost to date of $4,536,000.
 The complaint further alleges that Joseph M. Blosenski accepted hazardous substances for disposal at the landfill. ICI Americas is alleged to have arranged for the disposal or treatment, or arranged with a transporter for transport for disposal or treatment of its hazardous substances at the landfill. Finally, Delaware Container is alleged to have accepted hazardous substances for transport for disposal or treatment, and to have selected the landfill as the depository of these hazardous substances. Additionally, Delaware Container is alleged to have arranged for disposal or treatment, or arranged with a transporter for disposal or treatment of its hazardous substances at the landfill.
 This complaint seeks to recover from each defendant the current costs incurred by the United States in cleaning up the landfill, as well as a declaration that these defendants are liable for all unreimbursed future clean-up costs. In addition, the complaint seeks civil penalties against the defendants for their failure to comply with administrative orders issued by EPA directing the defendants to clean up the landfill.
 This case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Carroll and David L. Dain, attorney, Environmental Enforcement Section, U.S. Department of Justice. Beth A.M. Termini, assistant regional counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is also assigned to this case.
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 /Editors: A copy of this complaint is available from the contact./
 /CONTACT: Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Carroll of the U.S. Attorney's Office, 215-451-5331/


CO: U.S. Attorney's Office; Blosenski Disposal Company; Delaware
 Container Corporation; ICI Americas, Inc. ST: Pennsylvania


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