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U.S. EPA ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT REACHED FOR SUPERFUND SITE CLEANUP

 SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced an agreement has been reached for the cleanup of soil and shallow groundwater contamination at the North Indian Bend Wash Superfund site in Scottsdale, Ariz. Cleanup cost and reimbursement for past EPA costs is expected to be an estimated $12 million. This agreement, combined with a settlement earlier this year, brings the cleanup at this site to approximately $29 million.
 Motorola Inc., Siemens Corp., SmithKline Beecham Corp., SaltRiver Project and the city of Scottsdale have agreed to conduct the cleanup and pay for it as well as for future EPA oversight costs. The agreement also provides for eight smaller responsible parties to pay their share of cleanup costs directly to the five major parties who maintain overall responsibility for costs at the sites. The state of Arizona will continue to work with U.S. EPA in conducting oversight duties.
 "This second settlement in less than a year successfully demonstrates the ability of the Superfund program to get sites cleaned up by those responsible," said Jeff Zelikson, director of U.S. EPA's regional hazardous waste management division.
 With this action, responsible parties in Region 9 have agreed to settlements valued at over $800 million in cleanup work at Superfund sites. Almost 90 percent of cleanups in the western region are being funded by the private sector. The total value of private party commitments now exceeds $7 billion nationwide.
 "These settlements demonstrate the progress the Superfund program is making in getting sites cleaned up and health risks reduced significantly," 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."
 Groundwater at North Indian Bend Wash is contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including trichloroethylene(TCE), which typically were used as solvents in industrial facilities and then disposed of on the ground. Over time, the VOCs have seeped into the groundwater. The North Indian Bend Wash (NIBW) is an area north of the Salt River bordered approximately by Pima, Scottsdale and Chaparral Roads.
 Under the consent decree, soil vapor extraction (SVE) will be used to reduce the amount of TCE and other chemicals in the soil to levels that no longer threaten to further contaminate groundwater. Additional soil sampling will be conducted to determine if other areas need SVE treatment. Groundwater at the deep and middle depth levels will be treated by SVE while shallow groundwater in the upper level will continue to be monitored.
 The public has the opportunity to comment on the consent decree before the court approves the agreement. Comments should be submitted by Jan. 30, 1993, to:
 Assistant Attorney General
 Environmental and Natural Resources Division
 U.S. Department of Justice
 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
 Washington, D.C. 20530
 The $17-million cleanup agreement reached with these parties last April involves designing, operating and maintaining (building) a treatment system to remove VOCs from groundwater. Construction of the treatment plant began in September and is expected to be completed by 1994.
 The Indian Bend Wash Superfund site, including NIBW, was placed on the federal National Priorities List (NPL), a list of the nation's potentially most hazardous waste sites, in 1983.
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 /CONTACT: Paula Bruin of the U.S. EPA, 415-744-1587/


CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Motorola Inc.; Siemens Corp.;
 SmithKline Beecham Corp.; Salt River Project; City of Scottsdale ST: Arizona IN: SU: EXE


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