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U.S. EPA APPROVES SPARKS TANK FARM CLEANUP PLAN

 U.S. EPA APPROVES SPARKS TANK FARM CLEANUP PLAN
 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental


Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced that it has approved the proposed cleanup plan for soil and groundwater contamination at the Sparks Solvent/Fuel Superfund site. The 10 companies responsible for contamination at the site are required to start implementing the plan immediately.
 "This is an excellent example of how the Superfund program works to protect public health and the environment," said Jeff Zelikson, director of U.S. EPA's regional Hazardous Waste Management Division. "We have gone from issuing cleanup orders to implementation of a comprehensive cleanup strategy in just one year, at almost no cost to the taxpayers."
 The Sparks Solvent/Fuel site, which includes the Sparks Tank Farm and Southern Pacific Rail Yard, is located adjacent to U.S. Interstate 80 in southeastern Sparks, Nevada. An initial large-scale assessment of the site demonstrated that approximately 5 million gallons of hydrocarbons from fuel leaks or spills are floating on the groundwater beneath the site, and that the groundwater is contaminated with solvents in sufficient levels to make it unsafe for drinking.
 The cleanup plan has four major elements: Controlling the sources of the contamination, removing the hydrocarbons by pumping and treatment, preventing further contamination of groundwater, and preventing contamination of surface waters.
 No public drinking water supplies have been affected by this contamination. The Truckee River, which flows approximately a mile from the tank farm, has also remained free of contaminants from the site.
 Under the terms of U.S. EPA's orders, the 10 companies that own or operate or have previously owned or operated the tank farm and rail yard are required to perform investigative and cleanup activities, and pay all costs associated with the cleanup. U.S. EPA and the State of Nevada are overseeing the work.
 The 10 companies cited in the U.S. EPA orders are: Berry- Hinckley Terminal Inc., Sparks; BP Oil Co., Cleveland; Chevron USA, San Francisco; Golden Gate Petroleum, Orinda, Calif.; Santa Fe Pacific Pipeline, Los Angeles; Shell Oil Co., Houston; Southern Pacific Transportation Co., San Francisco; Texaco Refining and Marketing Inc., Universal City, Calif.; Time Oil Co., Seattle; and Unocal Corp., Los Angeles.
 The orders were issued under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (known as Superfund). Since 1980, U.S. EPA has conducted over 2,000 Superfund removal actions. The program covers imminent threats to human health and the environment. These situations range from acute, life-threatening hazardous substance spills to problems resulting from improper management of hazardous waste.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Glenn of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: Nevada IN: SU:


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