WHITTAKER CORP

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Published: January 31, 1989

The Whittaker Corporation , a specialty chemical and technology concern,
said it expected a Justice Department investigation to result in criminal charges
against the company or one of its subalterns .
Whittaker said Justice Department lawyers had presented it
with evidence suggesting that employees of a Whittaker unit had illegally paid money
to a Government employee in connection with certain contracts.
Whittaker would make no comment beyond the announcement.
The company’s shares fell $2 today, to $48.875, on the New York Stock Exchange.

EPA.GOV Source

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the deletion of the Whittaker Corporation Superfund Site in Minnesota

from the National Priorities List (NPL).

The NPL is Appendix B of 40 CFR part 300 which is the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Contingency Plan (NCP),

which EPA promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response,

Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), as amended.

This action is being taken by EPA and the State of Minnesota,

because it has been determined that Responsible Parties have implemented all appropriate response actions required.

Moreover, EPA and the State of Minnesota have determined that remedial actions

conducted at the site to date remain protective of public health, welfare, and the environment.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

February 11, 1999.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The site to be deleted from the NPL is: Whittaker Corporation located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A Notice of Intent to Delete for this site was published December 14, 1998 (63 FR 68714).

The closing date for comments on the Notice of Intent to Delete was January 12, 1999.

EPA received no comments and therefore no Responsiveness Summary was prepared.

The EPA identifies sites which appear to present a significant risk to public health, welfare,

or the environment and it maintains the NPL as the list of those sites.

Sites on the NPL may be the subject of Hazardous Substance Response Trust Fund (Fund-) financed remedial actions.

Any site deleted from the NPL remains eligible for Fund-financed remedial actions in the unlikely event

that conditions at the site warrant such action.

Section 300.425(e)(3) of the NCP states that Fund-financed actions may be taken

at sites deleted from the NPL in the unlikely event that conditions at the site warrant such action.

Deletion of a site from the NPL does not affect responsible party liability

or impede agency efforts to recover costs associated with response efforts.

SOURCE EPA.GOV 2006

WHITTAKER CORP.

EPA ID# MND006252233
Last Updated: September, 2006

Site Description

The Whittaker Corporation site, located in Hennepin County, Minnesota, is a 7.5 acre site.
During World War II, a holding company operated on the site and repackaged war materials,
including antifreeze and oil for the military. In the 1950s, the company expanded its operations
by acquiring a manufacturer of industrial coatings.
The Whittaker Corporation also produced resins and distributed steel.
Chemicals were stored in approximately 28 aboveground tanks,
ranging in size from 2,000 to 20,000 gallons, and 21 underground tanks, ranging in size from 2,500 to 14,000 gallons.
The tanks contained various hydrocarbon solvents, propylene glycol, styrene monomer,
di-isobutyl, ketone, methyl ethyl ketone, methyl isobutyl ketone, toluene, xylene, and other chemicals.

A variety of wastes were generated as a result of the processes used at the Whittaker Corporation site.

These wastes included tank bottoms, paint sludge, old paints, off-specification paints and resins, and cleaning fluids.

The site is located in an industrial area of Minneapolis.

The Mississippi River is approximately 1,200 feet to the west of the site.

There are four industrial and four residential wells in the nearby area.

Site Responsibility

This Deferral Pilot site is being addressed through state actions.
This is one of 13 NPL sites in the MPCA’s Enforcement Deferral Pilot Project
approved by U. S. EPA.

Threats and Contaminants

Groundwater and soil were found to be contaminated with heavy metals,
including cadmium and lead as well as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Ingestion of, or direct contact with, contaminated soil and/or groundwater could pose a health risk.
Whittaker Corp
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