DEP sues three companies after clean-up of Everglade Iron and Steel site in Hempfield

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection today filed a lawsuit against three companies that it said had involvement in the former Everglade Iron and Steel Company Site, in Hempfield, on which the state has spent more than $2.3 million.

According to the complaint in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, the 16-acre site "was used as a layover point, or transfer station, for various scrap." The DEP found that hazardous lead, cadmium, chromium, arsenic and PCBs had been released or might be released from the site.

The department cleaned up the site, according to the complaint, and faces potential further costs.

The lawsuit names CBS Corp., TDY Industries and The Timken Co. as responsible for the site, and therefore for the costs of cleaning it up. Westinghouse, which became affiliated with CBS, and the other two companies were involved in the manufacture of transformers and capacitors that were used on the site and leaked PCBs, according to a DEP spokesman.

Efforts to reach the three companies were not immediately successful.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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