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EPA STARTS EMERGENCY CLEANUP OF SAN MARCOS TOXIC WASTE SITE

 EPA STARTS EMERGENCY CLEANUP OF SAN MARCOS TOXIC WASTE SITE
 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today began emergency cleanup and removal of hazardous wastes at San Marcos Mini-Storage, 165 South Bent Ave., San Marcos, Calif. The action came after the site owner failed to comply with cleanup and removal orders from the San Diego County Department of Health Services (SDCHS).
 "Storing hazardous wastes at this type of facility is both illegal and unsafe," said Jeffrey Zelikson, director of U.S. EPA's regional Hazardous Waste Management Division. "We're conducting an immediate cleanup under the federal Superfund law to protect employees and customers at the site from the threat of fire, explosion, or chemical reactions that could result in a release of toxic or corrosive gases."
 The hazardous wastes are confined to one of more than 50 public rental storage rooms leased to customers by San Marcos Mini-Storage. The wastes are surplus military chemicals, including 159 five-gallon cans of a corrosive cleaning compound and smaller quantities of ignitable, flammable, and potentially explosive substances. Several of the containers have leaked.
 In conducting the removal, U.S. EPA's Superfund Program is cooperating with SDCHS, which will provide technical and logistical support, and the federal Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, which has agreed to reimburse EPA's costs. The cleanup is expected to be completed in less than a week, at an estimated cost of $36,563.
 The removal action is being taken under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund). Since 1980, U.S. EPA has conducted over 2,000 Superfund emergency response actions. The emergency response program covers imminent threats to human health and the environment. These situations range from acute, life-threatening hazardous substance spills to complex situations involving improper management of hazardous waste. U.S. EPA's Superfund emergency response activities are conducted by a nationwide network of teams that are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Schmidt of the U.S. EPA, 415-744-1578/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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