Goodyear, Bridgestone/Firestone and three other companies have agreed to continue environmental remediation at a Superfund site near Uniontown, Ohio, as well as reimburse the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nearly $18 million for cleanup work already performed at the site.
Both companies-along with Goodyear Aerospace Corp., GenCorp Inc. and B.F. Goodrich Co.-signed on to the agreement lodged June 16 with the U.S. District Court in Cleveland. If the judge in the case approves it, the document will become official after a 30-day public comment period, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
The Industrial Excess Landfill was used as a waste dump between 1965 and 1980, according to the DOJ.
The text of the agreement states the EPA began negotiating with potentially responsible parties in February 1989 about the cleanup of the landfill.
Goodyear, Goodyear Aerospace, GenCorp, BFS and B.F. Goodrich were all accused of disposing hundreds of thousands of gallons of waste solvent at the site.
Among other things, the agreement calls for the five companies to plant trees and other vegetation to enhance the natural attenuation of the groundwater contamination at the site and also to monitor the groundwater to make sure contamination continues to decline.
A DOJ spokesman said he did not know how much more money the five companies will have to spend on cleanup at the site, or how they will divide the $18 million reimbursement to the EPA.
Meanwhile, the government continues its lawsuit against other alleged polluters at the site and will do so until the judge rules on the case or a settlement is reached, according to the DOJ.
All parties to the agreement are well satisfied with it, said a BFS spokesman speaking for all the signatory companies.
``It allows everybody to move forward, and the remedies in the settlement make sense to everybody,'' the spokesman said. He added that the companies have held negotiations regarding their apportionment of the cleanup and reimbursement costs, but he did not know the results of those talks.