USA: Officials Achieve Settlement over Rialto Superfund Site

Officials Achieve Settlement over Rialto Superfund Site (file photo)

The United States has entered into two settlements worth more than $50 million to clean up contamination from the B.F. Goodrich Superfund Site in San Bernardino County.

There are a dozen settling parties including Emhart Industries (Emhart), and Pyro Spectaculars, Inc. (PSI), as well as the Cities of Rialto and Colton and County of San Bernardino, Calif.

After decades of harmful groundwater contamination and following protracted and costly litigation, the parties responsible for releases of TCE and perchlorate at the BF Goodrich Superfund Site have agreed to a comprehensive long-term plan to cleanup the contaminated groundwater at the Site,” said Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division. “The commitment made under the consent decrees announced today will provide immeasurable benefits to the environment and the communities who live in Rialto and Colton, California.”

Under one agreement, Emhart will perform the first portion of the cleanup, which is estimated to cost $43 million over the next 30 years to design, build, and operate groundwater wells, treatment systems, and other equipment needed to clean up the contaminated groundwater at the site. A significant portion of these funds will come from other settling parties, including the Department of Defense. The Cities of Rialto and Colton will receive $8 million.

Press Release, December 6, 2012

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