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U.S. EPA STARTS EMERGENCY CLEANUP AT NELCO OIL RECYCLING SITE

 SAN FRANCISCO, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced the start of an emergency cleanup at the Nelco Oil Refining Corp., an abandoned oil recycling facility located at 600 West 12th St., National City, in San Diego County. The 3/4-acre site is heavily contaminated with oily and acidic wastes that have spilled or leaked from some of the site's 30 above-ground tanks, two underground tanks, and 500 drums.
 "This site demands immediate cleanup to protect San Diego Bay from contaminated stormwater runoff and to protect the groundwater beneath the site," said Jeff Zelikson, director of hazardous waste management for U.S. EPA's western region.
 During February of this year, heavy rains caused a discharge of oily acidic liquids from the site. Since then, the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA) has spent $30,000 on temporary measures to prevent runoff from entering storm drains. Lacking funds for further cleanup, Cal-EPA called for assistance from U.S. EPA's Superfund emergency response program.
 Over the next eight weeks, at an estimated cost of $580,000, U.S. EPA plans to perform the following cleanup measures at the site:
 -- Remove and dispose of waste oil and hazardous wastes from 27
 tanks and a bermed area around the tanks that is currently
 submerged under four inches of oil, 12 inches of water, and
 six inches of oily sludge.
 -- Assess possible subsurface soil contamination.
 -- Remove and dispose of 500 drums containing waste oil,
 contaminated soil and corrosive sludges.
 -- Remove and dispose of lead-contaminated soils on the site.
 -- Remove and dispose of asbestos underneath a boiler.
 -- Remove and dispose of acid sludge from four sulfuric acid
 tanks.
 -- Remove and recycle, if possible, 100 empty drums and other
 scrap metal that litters the site.
 Since 1980, U.S. EPA has completed over 2,700 emergency response actions. The Superfund emergency response program deals with 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: Paula Bruin of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1587/


CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Nelco Oil Refining Corp. ST: California IN: ENV SU: EXE

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