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ASARCO Bankruptcy Case Summary: Custodial Trust Settlement Information Sheet

The Custodial Trust Settlement Agreement resolves claims pertaining to past and potential future cleanup costs associated with approximately 18 American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO)-owned sites in 11 states. The agreement requires the establishment of a custodial trust to oversee cleanup of the sites and transfers the site property to the custodial trust.

The settlement agreement provides funding in the amount of $70,955,493 million to clean up the sites and to fund the administrative expenses associated with the custodial trust.

The Department of Justice and ASARCO filed the settlement agreement with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas Corpus Christi Division on March 13, 2009. The Court approved the settlement agreement on June 5, 2009. The trust agreement associated with this settlement was filed with the Bankruptcy Court on December 9, 2009.

Parties to the Settlement

EPA, ASARCO, LLC, and the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, and Washington are parties to the settlement agreement.

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Site Information

Site Location Lead Agency/State Funding level
Circle Smelting Corporation/Beckemeyer Clinton County, IL US EPA $200,000
Taylor Springs Site, Illinois Taylor Springs, IL US EPA $4,200,000
Whiting Site, Indiana Lake County, IN US EPA $1,200,000
Murray Smelter, Utah Salt Lake County, UT US EPA $2,430,000
Ragland Site St. Clair, AL Alabama $200,000
Sacaton Site Near Casa Grande, AZ Arizona $20,000,000
Trench Mine Site and Salero Site Near Patagonia in Rio Rico, AZ Arizona $2,825,000
Van Buren Site Crawford County, AR Arkansas $200,000
Silverton Site San Juan, CO Colorado $4,000,000
Globe Site In Adams in Denver County, CO Colorado $16,000,000
Alton Site Madison County, IL Illinois $7,000,000
Deming Site Luna County, NM New Mexico $120,493
Magdalena Site Soccorro, NM New Mexico $1,340,000
Former Zinc Oxide Facility/Columbus/Blue T Franklin County, OH Ohio $420,000
Sand Springs Site Tulsa County, OK Oklahoma $120,000
Gold Hill Site and Belshazzar Site Toole County, UT (Gold Hill); Salt Lake County, UT (Belshazzar) Utah $100,000
McFarland Site Pierce, WA Washington $200,000

The settlement agreement provides $10.4 million for administrative costs.

More information on the EPA sites is available from the EPA Funded Sites and Communities web page.

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