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EPA to be reimbursed $340K for hazardous waste cleanup at Lin-Electric Superfund site in Mercer County, W.Va.

Release Date: 05/23/2013
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith 215-814-5543,

PHILADELPHIA (May23, 2013) - Cooper Industries, LLC will reimburse the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $340,000 for the agency’s costs incurred in cleaning up
hazardous substances at the Lin-Electric Superfund site in Bluefield, W.Va. under a proposed consent decree announced today.

Cooper’s corporate predecessors used the facility from 1924 to 1988 to rebuild electric motors and transformers used in coal mining.

EPA conducted cleanup operations at the site in 2008 and 2009 to address elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that were contributing to contamination in the Bluestone River. As part of the cleanup, EPA assessed and removed storage drums of hazardous waste and cleaned up PCBs from the drainage system and surrounding soils.

In addition to serving to protect public health and the environment, EPA’s actions to clean-up contaminated sites help communities return these properties to productive use.

The consent decree announced today was lodged in federal court and will also be published in the Federal Register and open for public comment for 30 days.

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