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U.S. EPA, SANTA FE RAILWAY AGREE ON SHAFTER SUPERFUND CLEANUP

 U.S. EPA, SANTA FE RAILWAY AGREE ON SHAFTER SUPERFUND CLEANUP
 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced a Superfund agreement that requires the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Co. (AT&SF) to clean up pesticide wastes on property AT&SF had leased to a now- defunct pesticide formulator at 135 Commercial St., Shafter, Calif.
 "We are pleased that AT&SF is cooperating with U.S. EPA to get the cleanup done quickly at its own expense," said Jeff Zelikson, director of hazardous waste management for U.S. EPA's western regional office. "This will help protect local residents from exposure to highly toxic pesticides, and save tax dollars."
 From 1950 to 1989, Brown & Bryant Inc. formulated and repackaged pesticides and fertilizers at the 13-acre site. In 1989, the firm became insolvent and ceased operations, leaving behind contaminated soil, tanks and over a hundred containers of hazardous substances. Among these are 81 containers holding a total of 905 gallons of dinoseb, a pesticide which has been banned since 1986. Dinoseb and the banned pesticides toxaphene and DDT have been found in soil on the site.
 Residential areas and a public park are located within a quarter mile of the site. Adjacent to it are food processing and packaging plants, a dairy feed company, AT&SF railroad tracks, and farm fields.
 Under the agreement, AT&SF must submit a cleanup plan to U.S. EPA within 15 days. Once the plan is approved, AT&SF will have 60 days to implement it, under U.S. EPA oversight.
 The removal agreement is authorized 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 Superfund 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.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Schmidt of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1578/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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