*(Unless the Trump administration cancels the meeting. Or the Republican-dominated Congress cancels the Superfund program, or ends the EPA)
By Al Sattler, Group Chair
The Environmental Protection Agency designates certain polluted locations as “Superfund sites,” meaning they require special funding for long-term cleanup. Learn about the cleanup progress of two Superfund sites in our area. EPA will host an open house about the local Del Amo and Montrose Superfund sites April 26 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Carson Public Library (151 East Carson Street in Carson). This event will be organized as multiple booths or poster sessions to allow people to learn about all aspects of the Superfund sites at their own pace. This structure also allows people to have one-on-one conversations with EPA Remedial Project Managers (RPMs) about the cleanup work.
The Montrose Superfund site is where the pesticide DDT was manufactured from 1947 until 1982 at a plant owned by Montrose Chemical at 20201 Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, near Torrance. The Del Amo Superfund site was used for manufacturing synthetic rubber from 1943 until 1972. For both sites, chemical waste was buried onsite, and some is now contaminating groundwater.
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For more background, see the November 2014 Foggy View: Superfund Site Near Torrance: DDT Groundwater Cleanup. Archived issues of the Foggy View