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LORENTZ SUPERFUND CLEANUP PLAN AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

 SAN FRANCISCO, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced a proposed plan for cleaning up soil contamination at the Lorentz Barrel and Drum Superfund site, San Jose, Calif. The proposed plan is the final phase in a cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination at the former drum recycling facility. The contamination was caused by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other hazardous waste substances such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and lead.
 The public is invited to attend a community meeting and provide comments on the proposed plan. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m., May 27, 1993, at the Leininger Center, Kelly Park, 1300 Senter Rd., San Jose.
 "After a careful and thorough investigation of the environmental problems and various cleanup options, U.S. EPA has proposed a plan to address all remaining soil contamination at this site," said Jeff Zelikson, U.S. EPA's regional hazardous waste management director. "U.S. EPA will make a final decision after hearing from the public. This comment period allows the community an opportunity to actively participate in the decision-making process."
 U.S. EPA proposes to cap portions of the site with asphalt or cement and to treat soil contaminated with VOCs with a soil vapor extraction system. All remaining buildings, unused wells, old septic systems, sewer lines and other debris will be removed.
 The public may also comment on the proposed cleanup plan by submitting written comments, postmarked by June 17, to:
 Joseph B. Healy
 Remedial Project Manager (H-6-3)
 Hazardous Waste Management Division
 U.S. EPA,. Region 9
 75 Hawthorne St.
 San Francisco, CA 94105
 Copies of the proposed plan and related documents are available for public review at the following locations:
 San Jose State University
 Government Publications Desk
 One Washington Square
 San Jose, Calif.
 San Jose Public Library
 180 W. San Carlos St.
 San Jose, Calif.
 As part of the overall cleanup effort, a groundwater treatment plant was built and began operating in 1992. Other actions at the site have included the excavation and removal of the most heavily contaminated soil from the site, removal of over 26,000 drums containing residues of hazardous substances, removal of old sumps and debris and the demolition of several buildings and disposal at an approved off-site facility.
 The Lorentz facility operated from approximately 1946 to 1987. 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.
 The Lorentz site was placed on the federal Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) in October 1989. The NPL is the U.S. EPA's list of hazardous waste sites potentially posing the greatest threats to nearby populations through actual or potential contamination of groundwater, surface water or air.
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 /CONTACT: Paula Bruin of the U.S. EPA, 415-744-1587/


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