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U.S. EPA PROPOSES WESTMINSTER SUPERFUND CLEANUP DECISION

 SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced a proposed plan for cleaning up buried petroleum refinery wastes at the Ralph Gray Trucking Co. Superfund site, Westminster, Calif.
 The public is invited to attend a community meeting and provide comments on the proposed plan. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 1, 1993, at the South Coast College of Court Reporting Auditorium 7122 Maple St., Westminster, Calif.
 "U.S. EPA believes removing the toxic wastes buried in backyards at this site as quickly as possible, best protects the health of the people who live in this community," said Jeff Zelikson, director of U.S. EPA's hazardous waste management division. "U.S. EPA will make a final decision after hearing from the public. This comment period allows the community an opportunity to actively participate in the decision-making process."
 The plan involves excavating the buried waste and contaminated soil from the backyards of about 25 houses at the site, placing the soil in secure containers, and transporting it to an authorized hazardous waste disposal facility. The work would begin in April or May 1994, and continue for a period of one to two years. The families who live in those homes and adjacent homes would be temporarily relocated for a short period of time while the work is being done.
 The public may also comment on the proposed cleanup plan by submitting written comments, postmarked by Sept. 20, 1993, to:
 Dick Vesperman
 Remedial Project Manager (H-6-4)
 Hazardous Waste Management Division
 U.S. EPA, Region 9
 75 Hawthorne St.
 San Francisco, CA 94105
 Tar-like petroleum waste containing sulfuric acid was dumped at the site from approximately 1936 to the early 1940s. It was later moved and buried in trenches prior to construction of a housing tract in 1958. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control began studying the site in 1987. The state agency turned jurisdiction over to U.S. EPA in January 1992.
 Copies of the plan and related documents will be available by Aug. 20, 1993, for public review at the following location:
 Westminster Public Library
 8180 13th St.
 Westminster, Calif.
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 /CONTACT: Paula Bruin, U.S. EPA, 415-744-1587/


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