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TANK FARM CLEANUP PLAN RELEASED: PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED JULY 23

TANK FARM CLEANUP PLAN RELEASED: PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED JULY 23
 SPARKS, Nev., July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The 10 companies named in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) order issued in August 1991 as potentially responsible parties with respect to solvent/fuel contamination in the vicinity of the Sparks tank farm and rail yard, announced today that a detailed study of the site has defined the boundaries of the underground petroleum plume and confirmed that the volume of fuel contained within the plume is significantly less than initial reports had speculated. The Removal Action Plan ("the Plan"), which is being released today by the U.S. EPA for public comment, was 10 months in preparation and details the scope of the problem and specific remediation actions.
 Steven M. Ferrara, project coordinator for the respondent group stated, "The EPA has reviewed the Plan in detail and has confirmed the results of extensive technical studies of the plume. These studies indicate that no contaminants from the plume have been found in drinking water supplies, in surface waters discharged from Helms Pit, or in the waters of the Truckee River."
 The Plan outlines a series of activities designed to prevent future sources of contamination, protect underground aquifers, safeguard surface waters, and remove the underground plume. Some of the actions in this multiyear program are already under way.
 Ferrara continued, "EPA approval has been received to begin recovering petroleum from existing monitoring wells near the Helms Pit, and a computer model will be developed to identify the optimum locations for additional recovery wells. The Helms Pit will continue to be dewatered during cleanup operations to maintain flow of groundwater away from the Truckee River and to the pit."
 Ferrara added, "The Removal Action Plan indicates that the underground plume contains approximately 5 million gallons of fuel. This is substantially less than speculative estimates made prior to the site investigation."
 A public meeting to receive comments on the Removal Action Plan has been scheduled for July 23 in Sparks. The public comment period will on Aug. 7, 1992, after which the plan will be finalized and approved by the EPA.
 The 10 companies named in the EPA order are Berry-Hinkley Terminal Inc. of Sparks; BP Oil Company of Cleveland; Chevron U.S.A. Inc. of San Francisco; Golden Gate Petroleum Co. of Orinda, Calif.; Shell Oil Co. of Houston; Southern Pacific Transportation Co. of San Francisco; Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines Inc. (NYSE: SFL) of Los Angeles; Texaco Refining and Marketing Inc. of Houston; Time Oil Co. of Seattle; and Unocal Corp. of Los Angeles.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Ferrara of Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines Partners, L.P., 213-486-7785/
 (SFL) CO: Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines Inc. ST: Nevada IN: OIL SU: AL-EH -- LA029 -- 7646 07/08/92 19:11 EDT
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