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Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Case Study No. 5

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The Phoenix-Goodyear Airport PGA Superfund site is located approximately 17 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona. The southern half of the site consists of adjoining properties the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport, formerly the Litchfield Park Naval Air Facility, now owned and operated by the City of Phoenix and the Loral Corporation plant on land owned until 1986 by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company through a then subsidiary, Goodyear Aerospace Corporation. The adjoining Navy and Goodyear facilities had been established during World War II to modify, repair and service Navy aircraft. After the War, Goodyear left the site and the Navy stayed on to preserve decommissioned military aircraft. When the Korean War broke out, Goodyear returned to its former site and manufactured airplane parts, largely under government contract, until the facility was sold in 1986. The Navy operated its facility until 1968, when it was transferred to the City of Phoenix. In 1981, Goodyear and the Arizona Department of Health Services discovered volatile organic compounds VOC, principally trichloroethylene TCE, in the groundwater and soils at the PGALitchfield site. TCE is a human carcinogen. EPA added the site to the Superfund National Priorities List in 1983. From 1983-1987, EPA conducted a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study RIFS at the site. Following the Study, Special Notice Letters were delivered to the Department of Defense and the Goodyear Corporation identifying them as Potentially Responsible Parties PRPs in the cleanup of the site. sdw

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  • Administration and Management
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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