49 US companies ordered to pay for toxic dump clean-up
49 companies are to pay $1.2 million to assist in the clean-up of over five billion pounds of waste at a toxic dump site in Santa Barbara County.
The hazardous waste disposal facility, the Casmalia Resources Superfund Site (CRSS), accepted around 5.6 billion pounds of waste from nearly 10,000 generators between 1973 and 1989.
This is the fifth in a series of small party settlements at the site. To date more than $110 million has been collected from the generators of hazardous waste disposed of at the site and from the site's former owner-operators.
The total cost of the clean-up has been estimated at $284 million.
The settlement includes clean-up costs and potential natural resource damage claims by various government agencies.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took over control of clean-up operations after the facility's owners and operators abandoned efforts to clean up the site.
The EPA undertook emergency response action activities, while concurrently seeking participation in site work by former customers of the facility.
EPA's Pacific Southwest Region regional administrator, Jared Blumenfeld, said: "EPA is committed to making polluters pay their fair share for as long as necessary.
"We will continue to reduce environmental threats to the communities and businesses near this Superfund site until we are confident that the job is done." Alison Brown