Allegheny-Ludlum Agrees to Reimburse Federal Government for Cleanup

Steel firm will pay $535,000 for cleanup costs at Superfund site in Coraopolis, Pa.

March 5, 2012
Recycling Today Staff

Allegheny-Ludlum has agreed to reimburse the federal government for $535,000 in past cleanup costs at the Breslube-Penn Superfund site in Coraopolis, Pa., according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The EPA says Allegheny-Ludlum is the last of 158 responsible parties to reach a settlement with the EPA since 2005 in regard to cleanup costs associated with the site, where EPA continues to oversee cleanup activities. The responsible parties have been funding the cleanup project.

In June 1996, EPA added the Breslube-Penn Site to the EPA’s Superfund National Priority List of sites where hazardous contaminants could impact public health and/or the environment. Industrial activities at the site contaminated soil and groundwater with volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, PCBs, metals and cyanide, EPA says.

Wiseman Oil Inc. constructed a fuel oil recycling facility on the site in 1978 that was used to manufacture lubricating oil by recycling waste oil. After Wiseman Oil went bankrupt in 1982, the property was purchased by Breslube-Penn Inc., which continued to use oil reprocessing equipment until 1986. The facility was used as a used oil transfer station from 1987 until it closed in 1992.