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U.S. EPA RECEIVES $150,000 FOR WATKINS-JOHNSON SITE CLEANUP

U.S. EPA RECEIVES $150,000 FOR WATKINS-JOHNSON SITE CLEANUP
 SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced it has received $150,000 from Watkins-Johnson Co. for costs the Agency incurred for oversight of investigation and studies of groundwater and soil contamination conducted by the company at its Stewart Division facility in Scotts Valley, Calif.
 The reimbursement follows an agreement last August in which Watkins-Johnson agreed to clean up groundwater and soil contamination at the Watkins-Johnson Superfund site in Scotts Valley.
 "We are pleased that Watkins-Johnson is continuing to meet the terms of the agreement for cleanup on this Superfund Site," said Jerry Clifford, deputy director of the hazardous waste management division for U.S. EPA's western regional office. "Their continued cooperation will help us achieve our objective in this project: protecting the health and the environment of the citizens living in Scotts Valley."
 Under the consent decree entered in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California last October, the company agreed to implement the Agency's cleanup plan as well as to pay the Agency's past and future oversight costs.
 U.S. EPA has already determined that the appropriate remedy for the contaminated groundwater is extraction and treatment using a carbon absorption process. In this process, contaminated water is passed through a bed of granular carbon and the contaminants are physically retained by the carbon particles.
 The on-site contaminated soils will be addressed using a soil vapor extraction process to remove the existing low levels of organic contaminants. The soil vapor will also be treated using carbon absorption.
 U.S. EPA, assisted by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and Regional Water Quality Control Board, will monitor Watkins-Johnson's progress and performance under the consent decree.
 The consent decree for the Watkins-Johnson site brings the total value of negotiated Superfund cleanups in Region 9 to over $200 million this year. Region 9 includes the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada and the Pacific Islands under the jurisdiction of the United States. Under these agreements, the responsible parties, who created or contributed to the environmental problems at Superfund sites, agree to fund and conduct the cleanup activities as determined by U.S. EPA.
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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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