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U.S. EPA, DTSC begin removal of more than 5,600 tons of contaminated soil in Huntington Park

Contact Information: 
MEDIA CONTACTS: U.S. EPA: Nahal Mogharabi (Mogharabi.nahal@epa.gov)
DTSC: Sandy Nax (Sandy.Nax@dtsc.ca.gov)
City of Huntington Park: Fernanda Palacios (fpalacios@hpca.gov)

LOS ANGELES - On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will work with the City of Huntington Park to begin the removal of approximately 5,600 tons of contaminated soil from a former fertilizer and steel manufacturing site in Huntington Park, Calif. Contamination consists of soil impacted by arsenic, cadmium, lead and poly aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). A $200,000 grant from the EPA Brownfields Program, $800,000 from DTSC's Revolving Loan Fund and an additional $200,000 grant from DTSC are being used to address soil contamination at the 5.1 acre property. Soil removal is planned for five areas at the site to mitigate contamination found in shallow soil and soil vapor.

The site was a fertilizer manufacturing facility in 1923. In 1928 the site was replaced by a steel manufacturing facility and was used by a number of owners until 1972. Southland Steel purchased the site in 1972 and operated until 2002. During their operation the site was used for steel manufacturing and storage of chemicals. The City's Redevelopment Agency (now Successor Agency) purchased the property in 2005 and is currently leased by Alexander Imports to use as a parking lot.

Once contaminated soil is removed, the site will be purchased by Alexander Imports as the location of a new BMW electric vehicle dealership. As part of the purchase agreement, the purchaser will contribute additional funds to address groundwater contamination that may be associated with this site.

Who: U.S. EPA
City of Huntington Park

Where: 5959-6169 Alameda Street, Huntington Park, CA 90255

When: Thursday, June 18, 2015
10:30 a.m.

Parking: Street Parking along Alameda Street, and Wilmington Avenue

Visual Opportunity: Media can see crews working to excavate the contaminated soil, speak to representatives about work onsite.

*This is a live construction site, as such members of the news media wishing to attend RSVP ASAP via email to Nahal Mogharabi at mogharabi.nahal@epa.gov to receive necessary access information.