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NEWS BRIEF: U.S. EPA Accepting Public Comments on Cleanup Plan for Yosemite Slough Site

Release Date: 08/07/2013
Contact Information: David Yogi,, (415) 972-3350

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announces it will host a public meeting and begin accepting public comments on its proposed plan to cleanup Yosemite Slough, an inter-tidal water channel in the Bayview District of San Francisco that was found to contain high levels of contaminants, especially polychlorinated biphenyls (or “PCBs”) and lead.

EPA’s proposed cleanup plan for the site consists of removing the top layer of the most contaminated mud from the slough, and installing a protective barrier, or cap, of clean sand and mud that will prevent future impacts to the San Francisco Bay and surrounding environment. The cleanup plan also calls for restrictions on certain future site uses at the slough and an effectiveness testing program to confirm that the cleanup is successful.

Details on EPA’s forthcoming public meeting on the Yosemite Slough site cleanup:

What: Public Meeting on Proposed Cleanup Plan for Yosemite Slough

When: August 21, 2013 / 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Where: Bret Harte Elementary School
1035 Gilman Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124

For a copy of EPA’s fact sheet on the proposed cleanup plan or general information about Yosemite Slough, please visit:

Comments on the proposed plan are due to EPA by September 6, 2013. To submit a comment on the EPA’s proposed cleanup plan, please follow the instructions listed in the proposed plan fact sheet.