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Massachusetts v. Pace

Citation: 14 ELR 20428
No. No. 83-3883-G, (D. Mass., 03/22/1984) Consent agreement

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts signs a consent agreement to recover over $1.9 million expended for cleanup of the Silresim Chemical Corp. site in Lowell. In the agreement, 231 corporations agree to pay sums ranging from $16.41 to $287,190.31 in return for release from civil liability for cleanup of the site. The agreement also attempts to protect the defendants from suits for contribution from non-settling joint tortfeasors, and allows defendants credit for sums paid to third parties in independent suits to recover cleanup costs. The parties do not acknowledge liability for disposal of materials at the site. An appendix listing settling parties and amounts is available from ELR (11 pp. $2.00, ELR Order No. C-1321a).

In a separate but identical agreement, the state settles with four additional corporate defendants. (Full text available from ELR, 9 pp. $1.75, ELR Order No. C-1321b).

In a similar agreement, the state settles with the Departments of the Navy and Air Force. The agreement expressly preserves the rights of recovery of the United States. (Full text available from ELR, 7 pp. $1.50, ELR Order No. C-1321c).

Counsel for Plaintiff
Lee P. Breckenridge, Ass't Attorney General
Environmental Protection Division
One Ashburton Pl., Boston MA 02108
(617) 727-2265

Counsel for Defendants
John R. Cromer
Hammond, Cromer & Jackson
431 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis IN 46227
(317) 786-0487

James I. Wyer, General Counsel
American Cyanimide Co., Wayne NJ 07470
(201) 831-2000

Edward Arthur Schwartz, General Counsel
Digital Equipment Corp., 111 Powdermill Rd., Maynard MA 01754
(617) 493-5500

Richard F. Delima
Polaroid Corp., Technology Sq., Cambridge MA 02139
(617) 577-2804

Charles Henry Resnick, General Counsel
Raytheon Co., 141 Spring St., Lexington MA 02173
(617) 862-6600

James K. Parker, General Counsel
Columbia Broadcasting System, 51 W. 52d St., New York NY 10019
(212) 975-4321