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U.S. EPA BEGINS CLEANUP AT PLATING SHOP SITE IN BAKERSFIELD

 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced that it has started a hazardous waste cleanup at a former metal plating shop on the east side of Bakersfield. The Brookshire Plating site is located in a mixed industrial, commercial, and residential neighborhood, at 527 East 19th St., Bakersfield.
 "U.S. EPA is taking action to permanently remove hazardous wastes that pose a threat to the health of people who live or work in the surrounding community," said Jeff Zelikson, U.S. EPA's regional director of hazardous waste management.
 The first phase of the cleanup, which will take place the week of October 11, involves taking samples of soil and materials found in containers at the site. After laboratory analysis of the samples, the wastes will be prepared for safe transport and removed to U.S. EPA-approved disposal facilities. The entire process is expected to take about two months.
 Earlier tests of soil at the site have confirmed the presence of hazardous substances including cyanide, chromium, nickel, copper, zinc, lead and cadmium. U.S. EPA expects the cleanup will require removal of about 500 cubic feet of contaminated soils, 25 gallons of liquid wastes, and 500 cubic feet of contaminated solid waste.
 Since 1980, U.S. EPA has completed over 3,000 emergency response actions. The Superfund emergency response program covers imminent threats to human health and the environment. These situations range from acute, life-threatening hazardous substance spills to complex situations involving improper management of hazardous waste.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Schmidt of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1578/


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