Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | July 9, 2008

U.S. EPA announces $200,000 settlement at Wabash Environmental Technologies site in Terre Haute, Indiana.

U.S. EPA gave notice pursuant to section 122(i)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1984, as amended (“CERCLA”), of a proposed administrative agreement concerning the Wabash Environmental Technologies hazardous waste site in Terre Haute, Indiana (the “Site”).  U.S. EPA proposes to enter into this agreement under the authority of section 122(h) and 107 of CERCLA. The proposed agreement has been executed by Heidtman Steel Products, Inc.; Marathon Petroleum Company LLC; and Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. (the “Settling Parties”).

Under the proposed agreement, the Settling Parties will pay $200,000 to the Hazardous Substances Superfund to resolve U.S. EPA’s claims against them for response costs incurred at the Site.  EPA incurred response costs at the Site while investigating and performing response actions to mitigate potential imminent and substantial endangerments to human health or the environment caused by releases of hazardous substances at the Site.    

For thirty days following the date of publication of this notice, U.S. EPA will accept written comments relating to this proposed settlement.  The agency is supposed to carefully consider all comments received from the public and may decide not to enter this proposed agreement if comments disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the proposed agreement is inappropriate, improper or inadequate.

Comments on the proposed agreement must be received by EPA on or before August 7, 2008. Comments should be addressed to the Docket Clerk, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604-3590, and should refer to: In the Matter of Wabash Environmental Technologies Site, Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S. EPA Docket No. V-W-08C-903.

For more information, contact Thomas J. Krueger, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Regional Counsel, C-14J, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604-3590, (312) 886-0562.    A copy of the proposed administrative settlement agreement may be obtained in person or by mail from the EPA’s Region 5 Office of Regional Counsel, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604- 3590. Additional background information relating to the settlement is available for review at the EPA’s Region 5 Office of Regional Counsel.


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