NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) announced Nov. 16 that Shieldalloy Metallurgical
Corporation has agreed to a $5.6 million settlement after contaminated groundwater
allegations at the Superfund site in Newfield and Vineland, New Jersey.
The EPA will
oversee the cleanup work using Shieldalloy Metallurgical Corporation funds.
According to EPA, exposure to contaminants at the site,
which include hexavalent chromium and volatile organic compounds, can case
health risks such as nervous system damage and cancer to humans.
“Unfortunately, this property is contaminated with toxic chemicals that can
damage people’s health and the environment. This agreement is an important step
in getting this site cleaned up. It is an example of how Superfund is designed
to work – those responsible for the contamination pay for the work, not the
taxpayers,” said Judith A. Enck, EPA regional administrator.
EPA’s cleanup will involve a
combination of actions, such as capping the soil, excavating and removing contaminated
sediment and prohibiting future residential use of the facility. Non-hazardous
additives will be used to treat the groundwater and break down contaminants.
This method allows contaminates to decline naturally.