Suppliers chased for cleanup costs

Nov 17, 2008 | 10:32 AM | Paul Schaffer

Companies that shipped scrap to the defunct Consolidated Iron & Metal Co., Newburgh, N.Y., are being dunned for cleanup costs by a small consortium of other companies that agreed to pay earlier this year.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently issued an alert about the problem, but didn't specify the source of the letters (AMM, Nov. 12).

The collection effort is being handled by Kansas City, Mo., law firm Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP on behalf of the city of Newburgh, the city of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Inc. and Connell Ltd. Partnership. Those four companies and IBM Corp. agreed earlier this year to pay $12 million toward an estimated $30 million in cleanup costs for lead, volatile organic compounds and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).....

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