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Company To Pay $39 Million for Waste Water System

March 1, 1988

PENNSVILLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ Du Pont Co. will pay $39 million to clean up ditches, lagoons and other groundwater sites contaminated by hazardous waste that seeped from its Chamber Works plant here, a company official said Tuesday.

The cleanup is part of an administrative consent order with the state Department of Environmental Protection and represents the largest settlement by a single company for one location to date in the United States, said Commissioner Richard T. Dewling.

The company will construct a 2 1/2 -mile pipeline that will transport waste water from the plant to Du Pont’s on-site water treatment plant, assistant plant manager Stuart Schenk said. Construction is expected to be completed in 1991.

In addition, three water basins and about six miles of unlined ditches on the 1,600-acre site will be cleaned up and no longer used to store waste water, Schenk said.

The company makes about 750 chemical products at the facility in the Deepwater section of this Salem County community. The waste water is generated by the manufacture of those products.

The plant is also the state’s largest commercial hazardous waste disposal facility and one of three existing industrial facilities seeking state approval to build an incinerator to burn hazardous wastes generated elsewhere in the state.

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