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U.S. EPA REACHES AGREEMENT ON SAN GABRIEL VALLEY SUPERFUND SITE

 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced a settlement with 44 companies in which they have agreed to investigate groundwater contamination in the Puente Valley area of the San Gabriel Valley Superfund site.
 "Industry coming forward to address contamination in the San Gabriel Valley is a very positive step," said Jeff Zelikson, director of U.S. EPA's regional hazardous waste management division. "Reaching this agreement is an example of how U.S. EPA's ultimate objective can be achieved: protection of the public health and the environment."
 Under the consent order, the companies are required to investigate the nature and extent of groundwater contamination in the Puente Valley and evaluate cleanup methods. The companies also have agreed to reimburse the U.S. EPA for future oversight costs.
 Last month, U.S. EPA ordered DuBois Chemical/Diversey Corp. and GOE Engineering Co. Inc. to participate in the investigation. The agency issued a federal enforcement order after the companies refused to join the other companies in conducting the investigation.
 "This coordinated effort of enforcement orders and negotiated settlements demonstrates U.S. EPA's resolve to effectively address groundwater contamination cleanup in the San Gabriel Valley," said Zelikson.
 The settlement follows U.S. EPA's proposed plan to address groundwater contamination in the Baldwin Park area and the agency's decision to install nine additional monitoring wells in the Whittier Narrows area to ensure that no further migration of contaminated groundwater occurs.
 The San Gabriel Valley Area Superfund site was placed on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1984 because the groundwater is contaminated by volatile organic compounds (VOCs). 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.
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 /CONTACT: Paula Bruin of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1587/


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