HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with 16 companies for cleaning up the Central Chemical Superfund site in Hagerstown.

The EPA said in a news release Monday that the agency and the state of Maryland have reached agreement with the companies for more than $14.3 million contain contaminated soils and waste on site of the Central Chemical Corp. facility.

The companies will reimburse EPA $945,000 for past costs and additional funds for future costs.

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Around 150 Caroline County residents may have to find a new place to live by this summer.

They live in the Cedar and Hilltop Mobile Home Parks which have been ordered closed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

For years there have been complaints about excessive arsenic in their drinking water and an inadequate sewage disposal system.

Both properties are owned by Shahi International Investments of Brookeville.

Marydel Mayor Debbie Rowe told WMDT that "Its bad. Really Bad."