Honeywell International Inc. and Georgia Power Company have agreed to a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice that will see them spend approximately $28.6 million to clean up the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site in Brunswick, Georgia.
“Back in the 1990s, this U.S. Attorney’s Office secured criminal convictions against six officers and employees of LCP Chemicals-Georgia Inc. who were responsible for dumping mercury and other hazardous chemicals into the waters of the United States,” U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver for the Southern District of Georgia said. “The combined sentences totaled over 21 years in prison. The cleanup of this Superfund Site is now in its third decade. I am pleased that Honeywell and Georgia Power have stepped forward to continue cleanup as we work towards fixing the environmental mess caused by other companies’ greed many years ago.”
The LCP Chemicals Superfund site suffers from contaminated soil, groundwater, surface water and sediment, containing hazardous substances like mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). To address this contamination, the site requires dredging, installation of protective caps, spreading of clean sediment and restoration of construction-impacted areas.
“We appreciate that these companies have stepped forward to remedy the contamination to which they and others have contributed,” Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden, from the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, said. “This settlement makes critical progress toward the remediation of the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site and will minimize risks to people and the environment posed by contamination in the marsh.”