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U.S. EPA HOLDS PUBLIC MEETING ON MGM BRAKES SUPERFUND SITE

 SAN FRANCISCO, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) will host a community meeting on Wednesday, May 5, 1993, to discuss the removal of contaminated soil from the MGM Brakes Superfund site. The meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 205 W. First St., Cloverdale, Calif.
 U.S. EPA today said the removal of approximately 13,000 cubic yards of polychorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminated soil will begin in late May. The excavated soils will be trucked to the Kettleman Hills disposal facility, Kettleman, Calif. The soil removal is expected to be completed by September.
 The soils will be transported from the MGM Brakes Superfund site during weekdays, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Approximately three trucks each hour, or a total of 30 to 40 trucks daily, will leave the site.
 Under a settlement reached in 1990, TBG Inc., former owners of the site, and Indian Head Industries, current owners of the site, are conducting the cleanup under U.S. EPA oversight. The cleanup is expected to cost an estimated $7 million.
 As part of the site cleanup, the Casting Plant Building at this former brake manufacturing facility was dismantled and disposed of at an approved off-site disposal facility in 1992.
 In preparation for the soil removal, it is necessary to lower the water table below the estimated depth of the soil excavation. A recently completed treatment plant and dewatering system has begun operating at the site to treat the extracted groundwater. The water will be treated for PCBs and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and monitored to ensure it meets state and federal water safety standards before it is discharged to storm drains leading to the Russian River.
 The MGM Brakes site is located west of U.S. Highway 101 at the south end of Cloverdale. Soil at the site was contaminated with PCBs in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The company manufactured aluminum brake parts for heavy motor vehicles and used hydraulic fluids containing PCBs in its brake casting machines. The used hydraulic fluids from this process were discharged into empty fields at the site.
 The MGM Brakes site was placed on the federal Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) in September 1983. The NPL is 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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 /CONTACT: Paula Bruin of the U.S. EPA, 415-744-1587/


CO: U.S. EPA; TBG Inc.; Indian Head Industries ST: California IN: ENV SU: EXE

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