POLLUTION LOCATOR| Superfund | Site Description

Site Name:      SAN GABRIEL VALLEY (AREA 2)
EPA ID:      CAD980818512


Conditions at listing (September 1983): San Gabriel Valley (Area 2) is a ground water plume that parallels the San Gabriel River to the west in the San Gabriel ground water basin in the Baldwin Park area of Los Angeles County, California. The plume is about 7.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. Ground water is contaminated with TRICHLOROETHYLENE (TCE), PERCHLOROETHYLENE (PCE), and CARBON TETRACHLORIDE, according to analyses by State agencies and local water companies. Many public wells in the area exceed the EPA Suggested No Adverse Response Levels (SNARL) for TCE and PCE. Approximately 100,000 people are affected. Cities and public water companies in the area have tested to ENSURE that their water supplies contain less than 5 parts per billion (ppb) of TCE, a level considered safe for human consumption. When alternative methods of reducing the TCE level below 5 ppb are not effective, wells are removed from service. Status (June 1984): A supplemental sampling program of contaminated wells will begin soon to get a "snapshot" view of the degree of contamination. The State Department of Health Services and EPA are preparing to initiate a remedial investigation/ feasibility study to determine the aerial and vertical extent of contamination and to develop alternatives for treatment and management of the problem. EPA continues its investigation to identify sources of the contamination. This site, along with the three other San Gabriel Valley sites, was added to the NPL in May 1984 because it involves a serious problem that required taking immediate remedial action.