NEW YORK Aaron Ferer
& Sons Co. will pay $500,000 as part of a consent agreement
covering the companys former lead battery recycling plant
in Omaha, Neb.
The federal Environmental
Protection Agency and the state of Nebraska had filed a civil
complaint against the company in U.S. District Court in
Nebraska seeking reimbursement for costs associated with the
cleanup of the Superfund site.
The site includes a now-defunct
secondary lead refinery operated by Aaron Ferer (AF) from 1954
to 1963, when it was sold to another company. The facility was
closed in 1982.
"Under AFs ownership and
operation, the facility released lead particulate emissions as
a routine part of its operation," the lawsuit alleged, and
remediation of the site has cost the U.S. government an
estimated $275 million.
Company representatives did not
respond to requests for comment.
Asarco LLC operated a lead
smelter nearby from the early 1870s until 1997 (
amm.com, Dec. 12, 2008). The EPA added the area to
its Superfund list in 2002 and is continuing remedial
activities in the area.