Warren 'Superfund' site cleanup will cost man's estate


The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a settlement with the estate of a Barrington man for the reimbursement of costs associated with the cleanup of a heavily contaminated junkyard he once owned off Birch Swamp Road.

Filed in U.S. District Court, the settlement requires Amilio Zompa’s estate to pay $92,000 and 82 percent of the proceeds from the sale of two properties owned by the estate — one in Warren, another in Barrington — to the federal government. A wing of the federal Department of Defense was also ordered to pay $475,000 for contributing to contamination at the site.

From the late 1960s to the early 1990s, Mr. Zompa used the one-acre site as an unlicensed junk yard. During that time, he brought large quantities of materials there, including junk cars, scrap metal, electrical transformers and other industrial equipment, some of which contained hazardous substances. During that time, the federal Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) sold approximately 2,100 tons of surplus military equipment to Mr. Zompa.

Between August and December 2008, EPA officials excavated more than 3.4 million pounds of soil contaminated with hazardous substances, including PCBs, lead, and other heavy metals, from the site.

After Mr. Zompa’s death in 2008, the ownership of a 15-acre property containing the majority of the site, and a home at 23 County Road in Barrington, transferred from Mr. Zompa to his estate. The settlement requires the estate to sell those properties and transfer 82 percent of the proceeds to the United States to help cover cleanup costs.

The settlement is subject to a 30-day comment period, which expires in December. For more information on the settlement, or to comment, In order for the settlement to be finalized, it first must be approved by the U.S. District Court. Click here.


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