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U.S. EPA STARTS SUPERFUND CLEANUP AT BANNING DRUM SITE

 U.S. EPA STARTS SUPERFUND CLEANUP AT BANNING DRUM SITE
 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced the start of an emergency cleanup and removal of 122 containers of hazardous waste from Audio K Inc., an abandoned audio and video tape manufacturing operation at 1326 East Ramsey St., Banning, Calif.
 "This is an excellent example of the Superfund program's ability to quickly deal with waste sites that pose an imminent threat to the public," said Jeff Zelikson, director of hazardous waste management for U.S. EPA's western region.
 The site, located in a mixed residential and commercial area adjacent to the Interstate 10 freeway, has 71 55-gallon drums of highly flammable solvents, including methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) and methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK). These chemicals pose a risk of fire or explosion, particularly during the hot weather. Soil sampling at the site revealed copper and chromium contamination near the surface. Copper is toxic to humans; chromium is a suspected human carcinogen.
 The cleanup will take place in two phases. First, over the next two weeks, the wastes will be removed from the drums and placed in more secure containers, and the contaminated soil will be excavated. Then, over the following two months, the wastes will be transported to appropriate facilities for disposal or recycling. The cleanup is expected to cost up to $250,000.
 This removal action is authorized under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (Superfund). Since 1980, U.S. EPA has conducted over 2,000 Superfund emergency response actions. The emergency response program covers imminent threats to human health and the environment. U.S. EPA's Superfund emergency response activities are conducted by a nationwide network of teams that are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Schmidt of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1578/ CO: U.S. EPA ST: California IN: SU:


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