JUNCTION CITY - The city's share of lead cleanup costs from a Superfund site will soon be paid up. The final settlement was $3,236 - that's on top of about $14,000 in fees for an environmental attorney.
After the City Council voted Thursday to cut the check, Mayor G.G. Harmon said, "That's history."
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used federal Superfund dollars to clean up lead contamination left from a factory that recycled lead from car and light industry batteries in the 1950s and 1960s. The area was in a one-fourth mile radius of Jones Lane and April Drive.
The EPA found lead levels there as high as 4,210 parts per million. As a comparison, officials tested soil along U.S. 127 and found it to have 31.6 ppm.
The federal program requires that the cleanup costs be recouped from landowners and responsible parties. The city owned Burke Street, a virtually abandoned alleyway that isn't even drawn on maps anymore but is in the area where lead was found.