Pallone Pleased Cornell-Dubilier Superfund Cleanup Plan Finalized by EPA

May 12, 2015 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Environment, New Jersey

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) made the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of its final cleanup plan for the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Superfund site in South Plainfield, New Jersey.  The plan is for the cleanup of a nine mile stretch of Bound Brook, which passes next to the former Cornell-Dubilier Electronics facility.  Under the plan, the EPA estimates that this fourth and final phase of the cleanup will cost $252 million.  The EPA has recovered some of its costs from parties responsible for the contamination and will continue those efforts.

“I am pleased that EPA is finally moving forward with the final cleanup phase of this toxic site,” said Congressman Pallone.  “Removing public health hazards from this area is incredibly important for South Plainfield and the surrounding communities.  Cleaning up toxic Superfund sites not only reduces health risks, it helps create jobs during the cleanup and through newly uncontaminated and productive land ready for redevelopment.” 

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.