EPA removes old Firestone plant from Superfund list

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Even though Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. sold its Salinas, Calif., plant in 1981, Bridgestone/Firestone has been working with the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the site ever since.

Twenty-four years and some $27 million later, Bridgestone/Firestone is celebrating the site's removal from the EPA's Superfund list.

"We accomplished all of the goals the project set out to do," Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC (BFNT) Director of Environmental Affairs Tim Bent told this afternoon.

"We achieved all of our clean-up objectives."

BFNT is currently working on remediating another former plant in Memphis, Tenn., that will eventually be transformed into a golf course, according to Bent.

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