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MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. EPA begins groundwater, soil cleanup at Oakland Superfund site





03/17/2017

Contact Information: 

SAN FRANCISCO –  On Saturday, March 18, U.S. EPA Acting Regional Administrator Alexis Strauss will join local leaders and community members to celebrate the installation and start-up of a new groundwater and soil treatment system at the AMCO Chemical Superfund Site. The treatment system will use temperatures of up to 100°C (212°F) to vaporize and capture contaminants, such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and vinyl chloride, which will be transported offsite for safe disposal.

The Superfund site was owned and operated by AMCO Chemical as a distribution facility from 1960 to 1989. Bulk chemicals were off-loaded from a rail spur onsite and stored in drums and storage tanks before being transferred to smaller containers for resale; contaminants were released into the soil and groundwater during operations. The 0.9-acre site is bordered on one side by residences.

WHEN:         

Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • 1:00 PM — Ribbon cutting ceremony

  • 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM — Community event (educational booths, tours)

WHAT:         

Brief remarks and ribbon cutting, followed by media availability and tour of the Superfund site and treatment system.

WHO:            

Alexis Strauss, Acting Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA Region 9

Brian Beveridge, Co-Director, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project

Bradley Angel, Executive Director, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice

WHY:            

To celebrate the community’s support and involvement in the year-long design and construction process of the treatment system. Removing the contaminants, which include human carcinogens, will protect public health and the environment.

WHERE:      

West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project Office (next door to AMCO site)

349 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607

BART parking lots nearby, limited street parking.

RSVP:           

Credentialed press who would like to attend this event, please contact Michele Huitric, huitric.michele@epa.gov, 415-972-3165.

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