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Alabama Plant Agrees To Spend $120 Million on Soil Cleanup

August 31, 1992 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) _ An Alabama chemical manufacturing plant has agreed to spend $120 million toward cleanup of soils contaminated with hazardous substances, the Justice Department announced Monday.

The department said the Ciba-Geigy Corp. would spend the money to excavate contaminated soil spread over large areas of its facility in McIntosh, Ala., and take other remedial measures.

Under a consent decree filed in U.S. District Court in Mobile, Ala., the firm also is required to reimburse the United States for more than $322,000 the Environmental Protection Agency spent to investigate contamination of the plant.

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The settlement was the result of a suit brought under the Superfund Act.

The plant, adjacent to the Tombigbee river, manufactured now-banned pesticides such as DDT and benzene hexachloride, the department said.

The department said the firm is dealing with contaminated ground water at the plant under a separate agreement with the EPA.