(Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced
Jan. 6 that a settlement has been reached to facilitate cleanup of the Callahan
Mine Superfund Site in Brooksville, Maine.
The agreement is between the EPA,
the Department of Justice, the state of Maine and the site property owner Smith
Cove Preservation Trust (Smith Cove).
under the settlement agreement, will permit EPA and the Maine Department of
Environmental Protection to use “borrow material” to help clean up
the site. Borrow material comes from soil, sand, silt, clay, gravel and
boulders. Using the material should help EPA and Maine DEP eliminate several
thousand trips of heavy truck traffic on local roads leading to the Superfund
stipulations of the agreement allow EPA and Maine DEP to have access to the
property to monitor the environmental response. The settlement implements institutional
controls that will be used for long-term protection of the environment and of
human health. Through all these stipulations, Smith Cove is able to resolve
federal and state liability claims.
this settlement is good news for the community of Brooksville," said EPA
Regional Administrator Curt Spalding. "It allows the site cleanup to move
forward, and promotes continued protection of public health in the area."
Callahan Mine Superfund Site is located in Harborside Village in Brooksville,