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COMPANIES AGREE TO CLEAN UP SOUTH BAY SUPERFUND SITE

 COMPANIES AGREE TO CLEAN UP SOUTH BAY SUPERFUND SITE
 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental


Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced it has reached agreement with seven companies to perform cleanup activities for soil and groundwater contamination at the Lorentz Barrel and Drum Superfund site, San Jose, Calif. The companies include Eastman Kodak Co., Grace Sierra Horticultural Products Co., Hewlett Packard Co., Minwax Co. Inc., National Semiconductor Corp., National Starch and Chemical Corp. and Solvent Service Inc.
 "U.S. EPA is pleased to have reached this agreement with the companies that are responsible for pollution at this site," said Jeff Zelikson, U.S. EPA's regional hazardous waste management director. "This agreement will help ensure protection of the health and environment of the citizens of San Jose who live near this site."
 The consent order requires the companies to remove over 100 drums containing residues of hazardous substances. Most of the contaminated drums were removed from the facility in 1987, but further investigation revealed that additional drums needed to be removed. Asbestos also will be removed and transported to an off-site disposal facility.
 In the second phase of the cleanup, three buildings on the site will be torn down and disposed of at an approved off-site facility. In addition, several piles of scrap metal and debris will be removed.
 In 1990, 11 companies that had used the facility agreed to build a groundwater extraction and treatment facility which was completed in March 1992. The companies will operate and maintain it until the shallow groundwater is cleaned up to drinking water standards.
 The contaminated groundwater is being pumped from 19 extraction wells to the treatment facility located on the Lorentz property. The extracted groundwater is filtered before its volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are destroyed by ultraviolet light and hydrogen peroxide. After passing through a carbon filter, the cleaned water is released to a storm drain that eventually empties into Coyote Creek.
 The Lorentz facility operated from approximately 1946 to 1985. During that time, the operator of the facility accepted used barrels for cleaning and recycling. Over 2,000 parties sent drums to the facility for recycling. Soils on the Lorentz property and shallow groundwater beneath the property and beneath neighboring sports fields were contaminated with drum residues and some of the chemicals used in the recycling process. In 1987, U.S. EPA and the state of California removed contaminated drums from the facility and excavated


and removed the most heavily contaminated soil from the site.
 U.S. EPA placed the Lorentz site on the federal Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) in October 1989. The NPL is U.S. EPA's list of hazardous waste sites potentially posing the greatest long-term threat to public health and the environment. U.S. EPA identifies and ranks NPL sites according to threats to nearby populations through actual or potential contamination of groundwater, surface water or air.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Schmidt of the U.S. EPA, 415-744-1578/ CO: U.S. EPA ST: California IN: SU:


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