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Superfund Site Report: SAN GABRIEL VALLEY (AREA 2)
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Underway

    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.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Dumping - unauthorized
    • Inadvertent spill
    • Landfill
    • Manufacturing process
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
    • Waste tank - above ground
    • Waste tank - below ground
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    The San Gabriel Valley Area 2 site, which has the Baldwin Park "Operable Unit," includes multiple plumes of groundwater contamination. The area of contamination is several miles long, thousands of feet wide, and hundreds of feet deep. The most prevalent contaminants in the groundwater are TRICHLOROETHENE (TCE), PERCHLOROETHYLENE (PCE), CARBON TETRACHLORIDE, and perchlorate. TCE, PCE, and CARBON TETRACHLORIDE are solvents used for degreasing and cleaning; perchlorate is a component of solid fuel rockets (including those used in the space shuttle). Other VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCS) are also present. The peak contaminant concentration measured in groundwater is 7500 times the maximum contaminant level (MCL) allowed by Federal and State law.  More...

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? Yes
    Population served by the wells now shut down: > 100,000
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? Yes
    Population served by the threatened wells: > 100,000
    Aquifer discharges into: A drinking water aquifer
      Surface water
    Population served by water wells in the aquifer: > 100,000
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for SAN GABRIEL VALLEY (AREA 2):

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    Overall site:
    Ground water migration:

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    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    EPA ID: CAD980818512
    BALDWIN PARK, CA 91706
    Site Ownership: Mixed Ownership
    Category of Site: Groundwater
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: May 08, 1984
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 204
    Hazardous waste received from off-site generators/transporters? No
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0

    List Potentially Responsible Parties identified by U.S. EPA as associated with the SAN GABRIEL VALLEY (AREA 2) Superfund site.
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