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|January
  17, 2001) at 02/28/2001 05:12:57 PM
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U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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CONTACT: (Media)  Dave Novak, (312) 886-7478
          (Legal)  Jerry Kujawa, (312) 886-6731
          (Technical)  Tom G. Williams, (312) 886-6157



For Immediate Release No. 01-OPA020


FINAL SETTLEMENT OF ORGANIC CHEMICALS SITE ORDERS TPI PETROLEUM
TO PERFORM CLEAN UP AND PAY $768,063

CHICAGO (February 28, 2001) -- The U.S. District Court in Grand
Rapids, Mich., entered as a final judgement the consent decree
between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 and TPI
Petroleum, Inc.  Under the decree, TPI will perform the soil
cleanup at the Organic Chemicals, Inc., Superfund site, 3921
Chicago Drive, S.W., in Grandville, Mich.  The company will
reimburse EPA $768,063 in past costs and interest and pay for
EPA to supervise the soil cleanup.

The TPI settlement represents the third and final settlement
with parties allegedly responsible for contamination at the
site.  With the resolution of this case, EPA now has recovered
from private parties the full $4.18 million cost of the work it
performed, plus nearly $500,000 in interest.

In the first settlement, reached in February 2000, Abitibi Price
et al. (a group of 34 settling defendants) paid for a now-
suspended groundwater cleanup and reimbursed EPA for $3.3
million in past costs, plus about $400,000 in interest.

Currently, no homes or businesses in the area draw their
drinking water from the groundwater plume covered by the
settlement.  If new monitoring data indicates that the levels of
contamination are increasing, EPA will take additional steps.

In the second settlement, reached in July 2000, EPA settled with
89 small parties for past cost reimbursement of nearly $200,000.

Under the new consent decree, TPI will complete a design plan
for 6,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil at the site and then
perform the cleanup work, which is expected to begin this
summer.  EPA will oversee the project.

About the site: The 5-acre site, which is about a mile from the
Grand River, was a petroleum refinery during World War II, and
petroleum distributor froim 1945 to 1966.  The now-closed
Organic Chemicals, Inc., operated a solvent recycling and
specialty chemical manufacturing business at the site from 1968
to 1991.  The site was named to the Superfund National
Priorities List in 1983.


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