News Releases from Region 09
MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. EPA begins groundwater, soil cleanup at Oakland Superfund site
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.
1:00 PM -- Ribbon cutting ceremony
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM -- Community event (educational booths, tours)
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