H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Nov 20, 2012 3:29 PM by Kelly Orsini, KSBY News

EPA reaches $2 million settlement to further clean toxic dump site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced a $2 million settlement with 290 small parties for the Casmalia Resources Superfund Site. It is a former hazardous waste disposal facility that accepted approximately 5.6 billion pounds of waste from nearly 10,000 generators between 1973 and 1989.

This is the ninth in a series of similar settlements involving the site, which is located about 10 miles southwest of Santa Maria. To date, more than $110 million has been collected toward cleanup from generators of hazardous waste disposed at the site and from the site's former owner-operators.

In the most recent settlement, the 290 groups must pay their share of the estimated $284 million cost of cleaning up the site. After paying, they would no longer be liable for more than 23 million pounds of waste they collectively sent to the site.

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