DETROIT — The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Environmental Protection Agency have reached a $51 million deal to settle a group of environmental claims against the old General Motors Corp.
The deal covers 34 sites in 11 states, including the Tremont City Barrel Fill site in Clark County and other sites in Montgomery County.
It is the eighth settlement with old GM for pollution claims worth more than $800 million.
General Motors was split in two when it emerged from bankruptcy protection in July 2009. Old GM, now called Motors Liquidation Co., got much of GM’s debt, closed factory sites and liabilities, while General Motors Co. emerged as the new company making cars and trucks.
The sites covered by the latest settlement weren’t owned by GM, but the automaker either sent waste to them or owned the sites prior to its bankruptcy, the spokeswoman said.
According to documents outlining the latest settlement, among the largest claims are $7.5 million for the Tremont City site, $7 million for the Valleycrest Landfill site in Dayton and $4 million for the South Dayton Dump & Landfill site in Montgomery County
The U.S. EPA is weighing several options for cleaning up the Tremont City site ranging in price from $7 million to $60 million. The agency is leaning towards a $56.9 million plan that would excavate waste and transport off-site for treatment and disposal and establish an on-site solid waste cell for nonhazardous solid waste.
“The federal EPA’s decision is the right one, that everything ought to be taken out of there and transferred to a safer place,” said Martin Cook, a member of the local grass-roots group Citizens for Wise Action Toward Environmental Resources (CF/WATER). He said the GM settlment “would go a considerable distance” toward bringing this to fruition.
GM was one of several companies that admitted to contributing to the 300,000 gallons of industrial waste buried in the barrel fill in the 1970s.
Staff writer Josh Sweigart contributed to this report.