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MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. EPA begins groundwater, soil cleanup at Oakland Superfund site

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Michele Huitric (

SAN FRANCISCO –  On Saturday, March 18, U.S. EPA Acting Regional Administrator Alexis Strauss will join local leaders and community members to celebrate the installation and start-up of a new groundwater and soil treatment system at the AMCO Chemical Superfund Site. The treatment system will use temperatures of up to 100°C (212°F) to vaporize and capture contaminants, such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and vinyl chloride, which will be transported offsite for safe disposal.

The Superfund site was owned and operated by AMCO Chemical as a distribution facility from 1960 to 1989. Bulk chemicals were off-loaded from a rail spur onsite and stored in drums and storage tanks before being transferred to smaller containers for resale; contaminants were released into the soil and groundwater during operations. The 0.9-acre site is bordered on one side by residences.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
  • 1:00 PM -- Ribbon cutting ceremony
  • 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM -- Community event (educational booths, tours)
Brief remarks and ribbon cutting, followed by media availability and tour of the Superfund site and treatment system.
Alexis Strauss, Acting Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA Region 9
Brian Beveridge, Co-Director, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project
Bradley Angel, Executive Director, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice
To celebrate the community’s support and involvement in the year-long design and construction process of the treatment system. Removing the contaminants, which include human carcinogens, will protect public health and the environment.
West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project Office (next door to AMCO site)
349 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607
BART parking lots nearby, limited street parking.
Credentialed press who would like to attend this event, please contact Michele Huitric,, 415-972-3165.

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