Friday, April 2, 2021

DEP: Proposed Metal Bank Superfund Site Hazardous Sites Cleanup Settlement Includes $950,00 For Natural Resource Damage Restoration

The Department of Environmental Protection invites comments on a proposed Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act and CERCLA settlement agreement for the
Metal Bank Superfund site in Philadelphia that includes a payment of $950,000 for natural resource damage restoration. (PA Bulletin, page 1888)

The Metal Bank Superfund Site, a ten-acre property on the Delaware River, is a former scrap metal and transformer salvage facility located at 7301 Milnor Street in an industrial area of northeast Philadelphia.

Metal Bank of America, Inc. drained oil from used transformers to reclaim copper parts. Metal Bank's recycling operations released oil in various locations on the property with the majority of the contamination in the vicinity of an underground storage tank (UST) which was used to store the used transformer oil.

The site was proposed to the National Priorities List (NPL) on December 30, 1982, and formally added to the list on September 8, 1983.

Click Here for more background on the site.

DEP and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Fish and Boat Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have entered into a settlement agreement with a list of defendants responsible for the Metal Bank Superfund Site.

The settling defendants include Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., Public Service Electric and Gas Company, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Jersey Central Power and Light Company, Long Island Lighting Company d/b/a LIPA, Metropolitan Edison Company, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., PECO Energy Company, Potomac Electric Power Company, PPL Electric Utilities Corporation, Virginia Electric and Power Company, and Delmarva Power & Light Company.

The $950,000 payment from the settlement will be used by the resource agencies to develop and oversee project(s) to restore, replace or acquire the equivalent of the natural resources that have been in- jured as a result of releases of hazardous substances at the site and to reimburse the United States for costs incurred in assessing the natural resource damages that have occurred at the site. 

A restoration plan will be developed for public comment by the Trustees.

Click Here for the proposed settlement agreement.

Read the entire PA Bulletin notice for information on how to comment on this proposed settlement. (PA Bulletin, page 1888)

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[Posted: April 2, 2021] 
PA Environment Digest

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