ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency has announced a settlement with 173 parties to clean areas around
the Ward Transformer Superfund site in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The EPA said $5.5 million will be spent by the settling parties to perform
the cleanup of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the area. The site, a former
transformer manufacturing, repair, sales and reconditioning facility, received
products with PCBs used as an insulating and cooling mechanism. While repairing
these products, the facility would regularly spill fluids with PCBs in the
“This legal agreement ensures that the remaining PCB
contamination surrounding the Ward Transformer site in Raleigh will be cleaned
up by potentially responsible parties,” said Anne Heard, EPA's acting regional
administrator for the Southeast.
“EPA welcomes the path forward toward
restoring the water bodies surrounding the site so that future generations may
Under the settlement, one settling party -- Carr & Duff
Inc. -- will also pay a $40,000 civil penalty due to allegations it failed to
comply with a 2011 unilateral administrative order related to the cleanup.
The settlement will go before public comment for 30 days. It
was posted in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North