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U.S. EPA CLEANS UP HAZARDOUS WASTE DRUMS AT SITE NEAR THERMAL

 SAN FRANCISCO, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced it has removed 30 drums of hazardous waste, some of which were leaking, from an illegal dump site on Augustine Indian land near Thermal, Riverside County, Calif. The unoccupied site is located between 54th St. and Airport Blvd., east of Van Buren Blvd.
 "U.S. EPA's Superfund Emergency Response Program took immediate action to safeguard the health and safety of children who attend a school near the site," said Jeff Zelikson, U.S. EPA's regional director of hazardous waste management.
 Three of the drums contained caustic liquids, 20 drums contained combustible liquid wastes, one drum contained flammable liquid waste, and five were empty. U.S. EPA excavated a cubic yard of contaminated soil that resulted from leaks in the drums. All these materials were taken to an appropriate hazardous waste storage facility. They will be shipped to disposal sites after analysis of samples to determine their contents.
 The responsible parties have not yet been identified. Some of the wastes appear to have been generated at a construction site where concrete work was done. Anyone with any knowledge of the origin of the drums, or who dumped them, should call U.S. EPA, at 415-744-2296.
 Since 1980, U.S. EPA has completed over 2,700 emergency response actions. The Superfund emergency response program handles 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/


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