Environmental Protection

Casmalia Resources Superfund site

EPA Reaches $1.2M Settlement with 49 on Casmalia Resources Site

The Santa Barbara County toxic dump site and facility collected more than 5 billion pounds of waste during its 16-year service life.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today reached a $1.2 million settlement with 49 small parties, called de minimis parties, for the Casmalia Resources Superfund Site (CRSS), a former hazardous waste disposal facility that accepted approximately 5.6 billion pounds of waste from nearly 10,000 generators between 1973 and 1989.

CRSS is located approximately 10 miles southwest of Santa Maria, Calif., in Santa Barbara County.

This is the fifth in a series of de minimis settlements at the site. To date, more than $110 million has been collected toward cleanup from generators of hazardous waste disposed of at the site and from the site’s former owner-operators.

The agreement requires the 49 parties to pay a proportionate share of the estimated $284 million total cost of cleaning up the site and resolves their liability for the more than 13 million pounds of waste they collectively sent to CRSS. The settlement includes clean-up costs and potential natural resource damage claims by various government agencies including threats to endangered species and other habitats. As part of the agreement, EPA will collect more than $1.2 million, equal to approximately nine cents per pound of waste that the parties sent to the site.

The agency assumed the role of the lead regulatory agency in 1992 after the facility's owners and operators abandoned efforts to clean up the site. EPA undertook emergency response action activities, while concurrently seeking participation in site work by former customers of the facility. The site was placed on the National Priorities List in September 2001.

Notice of the proposed agreement and order will be available for a 30-day public comment period following publication in the Federal Register.

Source: U.S. EPA

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