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U.S. EPA ISSUES CLEANUP ORDER TO SOLA OPTICAL SUPERFUND SITE

 U.S. EPA ISSUES CLEANUP ORDER TO SOLA OPTICAL SUPERFUND SITE
 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced that Sola Optical USA Inc., Petaluma, Calif., has agreed to comply with an enforcement action which orders the company to clean up the groundwater contamination at the Superfund site.
 "Sola Optical has been very cooperative," said Jeff Zelikson, director of U.S. EPA's Regional Hazardous Management Division. "Its cooperation has led to one of U.S. EPA's fastest Superfund investigations. Sola's agreement to conduct and fund U.S. EPA's cleanup proposal is a large and definitive step towards the quick restoration of groundwater beneath the facility to drinking water standards."
 The cleanup plan includes adding two groundwater extraction wells to the existing treatment system and converting two deep monitoring wells into extraction wells in order to speed up the process of restoring the groundwater to drinking water standards. U.S. EPA has also concluded that no further action will be needed for soils because they do not pose a significant threat of further contaminating groundwater.
 Sola Optical has manufactured ophthalmic lenses at its 35-acre facility since 1978. In May 1982, Sola identified low levels of solvents in the groundwater on its property around six underground storage tanks. In 1985, the company removed the underground tanks and confirmed that groundwater at the site was contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Sola has recently completed a study of site contamination and cleanup options under U.S. EPA's direction. The site does not pose an immediate threat to the local water supply.
 The site was placed on the federal National Priorities List (NPL) in February 1990. U.S. EPA signed the record of decision designating the cleanup plan in September 1991, 19 months after the site was placed on the NPL. Sola has paid for all activities during the investigation and has agreed to continue to do so during the construction and operation of cleanup activities. Construction should be completed within three to four months of the U.S. EPA enforcement action.
 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 U.S. EPA, 415-744-1587/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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