More than three dozen companies and government agencies joined the settlement to decontaminate the site near the shore of Galveston Bay.
The Malone Service Company operated a disposal facility on the site for waste oil and waste chemicals. Hundreds of entities sent close to half a billion gallons of waste to the site between about 1964 and 1996.
Under the deal, a group of twenty-seven companies will clean up the site. They’ll also have to pay the EPA and the State of Texas nearly $2 million towards past and future costs. Companies participating include BP, Exxon Mobil and Houston-based Marathon Oil. Additional parties that shipped waste to the site will pay federal and state trustees more than $3 million to repair damage to the surrounding ecosystems.
The settlement is subject to a thirty-day comment period and final court approval.