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Case Summary: Past Cost Settlement Reached for Gulf State Utilities-North Ryan Street Superfund Site

On October 26, 2012, an administrative order on consent (AOC) for recovery of past response costs between EPA and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, LLC, and Entergy Texas, Inc., was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Under the agreement, Entergy will pay $275,000 in past response costs associated with cleanup work at the Gulf State Utilities-North Ryan Street Superfund Site in La.

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Information about the Company

Entergy is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. It is headquartered in the Central Business District of New Orleans, La. Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, LLC services approximately 1.06 million electric customers in 58 parishes. In Baton Rouge, La., Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, LLC also provides natural gas service to approximately 92,000 customers. Entergy Texas, Inc., services approximately 417,000 electric customers in 22 Texas counties.

Information about the Gulf State Utilities-North Ryan Street Superfund Site

The Gulf State Utilities-North Ryan Street Superfund Site is located on the Calcasieu River, in Lake Charles, La. The Site was originally a manufactured gas plant on the south bank of the Calcasieu River. The annual production of gas during the years of operation ranged from approximately 50 to 85 million cubic feet. The site is an active industrial facility currently operated as the Lake Charles Division Service Center of Entergy Gulf States, Inc.

More information is available from the Gulf State Utilities-North Ryan Street Superfund site summary (PDF) (3 pp, 41 K, About PDF).

Pollutants and Environmental Effects

The coal tar by-products generated during gas plant activities were reportedly discharged into marshlands west of the gas plant.  Additionally, a wetland area of approximately six acres was used as a landfill for the disposal of electric equipment, poles, appliances, and other waste, including electrical transformers, capacitors, and drums containing used transformer oil. Principal pollutants included Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) associated with coal gasification process, and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) associated with landfill activities.

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Contact Information

For more information contact:   

Stephen Capuyan
Superfund Enforcement Officer
US Environmental Protection Agency
Region 6
1445 Ross Ave, Ste 1200
Dallas, TX 75202
214-665-2163
Capuyan.Stephen@epa.gov

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