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Monday, December 01, 2008

Environment - Who is responsible for cleanup costs?

From WKLI News:

(ANGOLA) - The future of the Univertical plant in Angola is scheduled to be discussed during tonights Angola City Council meeting.

The company is threatening to leave Angola for North Carolina if enviromental problems which go back to when the property on Weatherhead Street was owned by Dana Corporation are not taken care of.

At issue is an agreement that the now bankrupt Dana Corporation entered into with the Indiana Department of Envriomental Management when its Angola facility closed 15 years ago. Univertical bought the property in the mid 90's under the assumption the clean up of pollutants was going to be handled by Dana and IDEM.

But Dana's bankruptcy has changed things and it has led to a series of closed door discussions between local, state and company officials over how the pollution will be cleaned up and who will pick up the costs.

We tried to contact company president Chuck Walker last week. While our phone call was not returned he was quoted in yesterdays Herald-Republican as saying he and IDEM will present a proposal to the City Council tonight in which $6.5 million would be spent on the clean up, with the state and Univertical picking about $1.6 million of the costs.

Walker also told the newspaper he wants to keep the company in Angola. The company was founded in Detroit 70 years ago. It manufactures materials for the plating industry.

A question would be, would Univertical's moving to North Carolina change the obligations of the various parties for cleaning up the property?

I've looked for the Angola Herald-Republican story, but it turns out to be accessible online only to subscribers to the paper.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 1, 2008 04:07 PM
Posted to Environment