New Jersey AG Filed Lawsuit against Companies for Contaminating Groundwater with TCE

New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin—along with the Department of Environmental Protection—announced a reolution of a lawsuit that was filed in 2019 against two companies for contaminating groundwater with trichloroethylene (TCE), which is primarily used as a degreasing solvent and has cancerous and other adverse health effects. Handy & Harman Defendants and Cycle Chem, Inc. (formerly known as Perk Chemical Co.) were responsible for the supply, transport, and use of at a site in Bergen County where TCE and other hazardous substances were discharged, which contaminated “multiple underlying groundwater aquifers and [resulted in the closure of nearby drinking water wells.” Under the settlement, the companies are required to pay $14 million in damages and recovery of cleanup costs.