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JULY 2006

 

Unidynamics/Phoenix, Inc. to pay for brownfields cleanups

Unidynamics/Phoenix, Inc. and its parent company, Crane Co., have agreed to a settlement for the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport North Superfund Site. The potentially responsible parties will pay over $8 million and complete site work. The settlement requires the parties to continue the current cleanup efforts, conduct supplemental site investigation, pay EPA $6.7 million for past costs, and pay future cleanup costs. They will also pay $500,000 in penalties for failing to complete some required cleanup work.

The parties have also agreed to complete a supplemental environmental project that will encourage redevelopment in Goodyear, the city most impacted by the site contamination. The companies will create an inventory of and assess up to 25 potential brownfields sites in the city. From the compiled list of available sites, the city and residents will select four sites for more extensive site assessments, and the settling parties will complete cleanup at three sites. The parties are required to spend no less than $1 million on inventorying and remediating the selected sites.

From 1963 until 1994, the Unidynamics/Phoenix, Inc. facility was used to manufacture defense and aerospace component systems, including pyrotechnics and explosives. Until 1980, most wastes generated by the facility were disposed of in 11 dry wells and 2 unlined oxidation ponds. Site soils and groundwater are contaminated with volatile organic compounds (including trichloroethylene) and perchlorate.


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