TEXAS CITY, Texas — The U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with oil, chemical and other companies to fund a $56.4 million cleanup of a hazardous waste site accused of contaminating ground water and Galveston Bay.
The settlement, which awaits court approval, was announced amid a lawsuit filed by the justice department on July 13 in Galveston’s federal court against 112 defendants in connection with the site in Texas City. The settlement requires 27 companies to clean up the site, pay the EPA $900,000 toward past and future costs and reimburse the state $796,726 in past costs.
"There are no allegations of improper conduct or improper disposal by the settling defendants," said Steven M. Jawetz, an attorney representing the settling defendants.
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