reaches settlement to clean dump site
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
has reached a $1.2 million settlement with 49 small parties,
called de minimis parties, for the Casmalia Resources Superfund
Site (CRSS) – a former California hazardous waste disposal facility
that accepted approximately 5.6 billion pounds of waste from
nearly 10,000 generators between 1973 and 1989.
This is the fifth in a series of de minimis settlements at the
site. To date more than $110 million has been collected toward
cleanup from generators of hazardous waste disposed of at the
site and from the site’s former owner-operators.
The agreement requires the 49 parties to pay a proportionate
share of the estimated $284 million total cost of cleaning up
the site and resolves their liability for the more than 13 million
pounds of waste they collectively sent to CRSS. The settlement
includes cleanup costs and potential natural resource damage
claims by various government agencies including threats to endangered
species and other habitats. As part of the agreement, EPA will
collect a total of over $1.2 million, equal to approximately
$0.09 per pound of waste that the parties sent to the site.
EPA assumed the role of the lead regulatory agency in 1992 after
the facility’s owners and operators abandoned efforts to clean
up the site. EPA undertook emergency response action activities,
while concurrently seeking participation in site work by former
customers of the facility. The site was placed on the National
Priorities List in September 2001.