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$230,000 in Cleanup Costs Recovered from Former Owner of Superfund Site

The EPA has collected an additional $231,442 toward its costs to clean up hazardous waste at a Superfund site in Farmingdale, NY.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has collected an additional $231,442 toward its costs to clean up hazardous waste contamination at the former Tronic Plating Superfund site in the Village of Farmingdale, NY.

The payment is the result of a cost recovery consent decree between the United States and the site owner, the Commerce Holding Co., which was entered in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York last month. Commerce already submitted a payment of $400,000 in partial reimbursement of EPA's incurred costs at the site.

The site was on the National Priorities List of hazardous waste sites, but was deleted from the list just last month after post-cleanup monitoring showed it is no longer a threat to public health or the environment.

Tronic Plating Company Inc., the former tenant at the site, operated an electroplating and metal anodizing facility that discharged industrial process waste water containing hazardous substances into underground leaching pools, which allowed the contents to diffuse directly into the soil. Tronic is no longer in business.

EPA spent slightly under $1 million in cleanup costs, including funds used to oversee Commerce's performance of a Superfund investigation, study and removal of hazardous wastes at the site. No additional work is required at the site, according to the agency.

edited by Sandy Smith ([email protected])

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