CLEVELAND (June 21)—Five rubber companies have agreed to clean up the Industrial Excess Landfill Superfund Site in Uniontown, Ohio, and to refund the federal government about $18 million for costs it already has incurred to begin the process.
Goodyear, Goodyear Aerospace Corp., Bridgestone/Firestone, B.F. Goodrich Co. and GenCorp Inc. reached the agreement with the U.S. Justice Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The parties filed the settlement June 16 in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.
The IEL site operated as a dump from 1965 to 1980. A variety of chemicals pollute the groundwater at and near the site, Justice Department officials said.
The settlement requires the defendants to plant trees and vegetation on the property to assist with the removal of pollutants, and they must monitor the groundwater to ensure that the contamination continues to decline.