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Ludlum to pay federal government $535,000 for Superfund site

| Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012

Allegheny Ludlum has agreed to reimburse the federal government for $535,000 of past cleanup costs at the Breslube-Penn Superfund site in Moon Township, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.

The company is the last of 158 responsible parties to reach a settlement with the EPA since 2005 over cleanup costs associated with the site.

In 1978, Wiseman Oil built a facility that made lubricating oil by recycling waste oil. Wiseman Oil went bankrupt in 1982. The property was bought by Breslube-Penn, which continued used-oil reprocessing until 1986. The facility was used as a used-oil transfer station from 1987 until it was closed in 1992.

Allegheny Ludlum was a customer of Wiseman and Breslube-Penn and had sent oil to the facility for recycling, a Ludlum spokesman said. He had no comment on the settlement.

Under the Superfund law, the landowners, waste generators and waste transporters that are responsible for the contamination of a Superfund site must either clean up the site or reimburse the government or other parties for cleanup activities.

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