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EPA SIGNS SUPERFUND ORDER WITH WESTINGHOUSE FOR SUNNYVALE SITE

 EPA SIGNS SUPERFUND ORDER WITH WESTINGHOUSE FOR SUNNYVALE SITE
 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced the signing of an agreement with Westinghouse Electric Corp. The agreement requires Westinghouse to design detailed specifications for the cleanup program selected by the U.S. EPA for the Westinghouse Superfund site at 401 E. Hendy Ave., Sunnyvale, Calif. Westinghouse will construct additional monitoring wells to determine more precisely the extent of groundwater contamination at the site, and will also install a pilot groundwater extraction and treatment system.
 "The pilot extraction system will provide valuable information for the design of the full-scale groundwater cleanup system while beginning to control the movement of contaminants," said Jeff Zelikson, director of the U.S. EPA's regional Hazardous Waste Management Division. "This action will significantly contribute to the achievement of EPA's ultimate objective in this project: protection of the health and environment of the citizens who live in the vicinity of this Superfund site."
 This is one of the first agreements reached by the U.S. EPA in Region 9 that requires design work to begin before lodging of a consent decree with a federal court, accelerating the clean up process by a least several months.
 U.S. EPA will hold a workshop to discuss the status of the Westinghouse Superfund site on Saturday, Feb. 8, 1992, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Murphy Park Building Meeting Room, 260 N. Sunnyvale Ave., Sunnyvale.
 The cleanup plan for the site, selected by the U.S. EPA in October 1991, requires removing contaminated soil and the extraction and treatment of contaminated groundwater. The cleanup plan also calls for ongoing groundwater monitoring to ensure that the extraction and treatment system is effective.
 The Westinghouse plant manufactures steam generators, marine propulsion systems and missile launching systems for the U.S. Department of Defense on a 75-acre site in Sunnyvale.
 Contamination problems resulted primarily from the manufacture of electrical transformers during the mid-1950s. The transformers were made with insulating fluids which contained polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), trichlorobenzene (TCBs), dichlorobenzene (DCBs) and mineral oil. Leakage of these insulating fluids caused the contamination of soils and shallow groundwater in the southeast corner of the site. The monitoring wells to be installed with this order will determine the northeast extent of groundwater contamination at the site.
 In 1986, the Westinghouse site was added to the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL is the 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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