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Pallone Applauds $22 Million Recovered for Cornell-Dubilier Superfund Site Clean Up

March 19, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for working to recover costs from a responsible party related to contamination at the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Superfund site in South Plainfield, New Jersey.  EPA announced that $22 million has been received from D.S.C. of Newark Enterprises, Inc. for their liability in a settlement to recover the federal and state government’s costs for cleanup of contamination at the Cornell-Dubilier site.

“The American taxpayer should not be paying for the mistakes of corporate polluters,” said Congressman Pallone.  “While additional money is necessary to remove the public health hazards from the area, I commend the EPA for securing these funds for the Cornell-Dubilier site.  This is an important step forward for South Plainfield and the surrounding communities.”

Congressman Pallone has consistently held that polluters must be held responsible for cleaning up contaminated sites.  He has routinely introduced legislation, the Superfund Polluter Pays Act, which would replenish the Superfund Trust Fund by reinstituting the taxes oil and gas companies paid between 1980 and 1996.  The legislation reinstates a 9.7 cents a barrel tax on petroleum, a tax on 42 chemicals and a corporate environmental income tax of .12 percent on taxable income in excess of $2 million.  This would help ensure that the EPA has sufficient funds available for the costs of investigations and cleanups of these toxic sites.

In October 2014, EPA released its plan to complete the remediation of the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Superfund site.  Under this proposed plan, the EPA estimates that this fourth and final phase of the cleanup will cost $252 million.