Magazine article Occupational Hazards

W.R. Grace to Pay toward Cleanup of Hazardous Waste Sites

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

W.R. Grace to Pay toward Cleanup of Hazardous Waste Sites

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W.R. Grace, a global supplier of specialty chemicals, has agreed to a $34 million bankruptcy settlement for cleanup costs at 32 Superfund sites across the country, the Justice Department announced. The action settles a bankruptcy claim brought by the federal government to recover money for Superfund site cleanup.

"This settlement will make money available to substantially help the cleanup of many Superfund sites around the country," said Ronald J. Tenpas, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division. "This settlement is a good outcome for both the taxpayers and the environment."

The settlement will be used to reimburse EPA for past costs and to pay for future costs associated with cleaning up at hazardous waste sites in 18 states. The federal government determined that W.R. Grace contributed to the contamination at the sites. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.

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W.R. Grace and 61 affiliated companies filed for bankruptcy in April 2001. In March 2003, EPA filed claims against the company to recover past and future cleanup costs. …

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