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Jeld-Wen and EPA Reach Settlement on PCP Cleanup
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Although Jeld-Wen only one of several owners over years, EPA levies fines

BY: Scott Learn, The Oregonian

04/12/2011 — KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Jeld-Wen, the Klamath Falls window and door maker, will pay the Environmental Protection Agency $700,000 toward costs to clean up a contaminated lumber mill under a settlement agreement approved Monday by a federal judge.

Jeld-Wen owned and operated the Circle DE Lumber site in Klamath Falls from 1971 to 1973. From the early 1960s through 1973, operations included treating milled lumber in a 1,000 gallon dip tank that contained diesel oil and pentachlorophenol, or PCP. That process contaminated soil around the tank with PCP, dioxins and petroleum hydrocarbons.

EPA completed the cleanup at Oregon’s request in 2005 and 2006, removing the old dip tank and disposing of 500 tons of contaminated soil, but couldn’t negotiate a payment with Jeld-Wen. The Department of Justice sued the company last year, leading to the $700,000 settlement.

The agency has also recovered nearly $208,000 in an administrative settlement with Daniel Brown, the current owner of the 3-acre site.

Total costs, including enforcement costs, stand at about $1.05 million. The remaining $142,000 in unrecovered costs will likely come from federal Superfund accounts, said Alexander Fidis, an attorney with EPA’s Seattle office.

Fidis said it appears a partnership unrelated to Jeld-Wen used the dip tank for about 10 years before Jeld-Wen bought the site. But partnership members are either deceased, he said, or couldn’t be located in time to meet the agency’s statutory deadlines.

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