FILLMORE, Calif. — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that work will begin this week to address soil contamination at the Pacific Pipeline Superfund Site located in Fillmore, Calif., according to a press release.
Additional groundwater work will begin in early 2014. This work, estimated to cost more than $8 million, is part of a recent settlement with Texaco Inc., a Chevron subsidiary, noted the release.
Texaco, under EPA’s supervision, will excavate 20,000 cubic yards of soil contaminated with lead and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as well as implement additional groundwater measures at the site.
Once the soil work is completed, the main part of the site will be ready for commercial development and recreational use.
In 1992, EPA selected a cleanup plan to address groundwater contamination at the site. Texaco installed an extraction and treatment system to remove benzene and toluene from the groundwater.
Although the levels of these chemicals were significantly reduced, they remained above federal and state drinking water standards. EPA amended the plan in 2011, calling for additional actions.
Read the entire press release here.