Deal Reached On Cleaning Up Toxic Waste Site

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The federal government and a company involved in a Summit County toxic-waste site have reached a tentative settlement on how much the company will pay to clean up the dump.

The polluted 47 acres are now part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, between Cleveland and Akron. The park service has outlined a $30 million plan to complete the cleanup by removing contaminated soil.

Details of the agreement between the National Park Service and Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co. (3M) over the now-closed Krejci Dump will remain secret until the pact is finalized and signed by U.S. District Court Judge David Dowd.

That deal should be completed in seven to 10 days, according to attorney Shawn Mulligan of the park service.

The federal government had been seeking $24 million plus interest from 3M for its past dumping at the site.

The company had argued that the park service should share in the cleanup and that the federal government should have gotten more money from other polluters.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency investigators in 1986 found 5,000 leaking drums filled with solvents, paint wastes, industrial sludges and herbicides. Testing and cleanup of the surface materials began in 1987.

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