EPA Celebrates Combined Cleanup Sacramento Superfund Site
At a recent ceremony, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the U.S. Air Force, Sacramento County and McClellan Business Park, marked the first time in the nation that the military will fund a private party to conduct clean up in conjunction with redevelopment at a Superfund site.
Sacramento County will contract with developer McClellan Business Park using $11.2 million from the Air Force to clean up a 62-acre parcel on the McClellan Air Force Base Superfund Site -- resulting in an expected 1,200 jobs and $600,000 per year in increased tax revenues for the region.
“Combining redevelopment needs with environmental cleanup efforts will help move these properties back into productive reuse more quickly in communities across the nation,” said Keith Takata the EPA’s director of Superfund for the Pacific Southwest region. “The framework developed for this project serves as a model for similar revitalization projects at closing bases across the country.”
The early transfer process requires the approval of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, EPA and Cal/EPA.
McClellan Business Park will complete the investigation of the site and will develop a preferred cleanup option for public review and comment. EPA will then select the final remedy and McClellan Business Park will begin site cleanup, with EPA and state oversight.
McClellan Business Park is responsible for cleaning up the 62-acre parcel under a consent agreement with EPA and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. The Air Force remains legally responsible for the 62-acre site, and will continue to clean up the majority of the remaining 3,000-acre McClellan Air Force Base Superfund Site.
The former Air Force base was placed on EPA’s Superfund list in 1987. Over 300 identified sites within the former base are contaminated with solvents, metals and other hazardous wastes as the result of aircraft maintenance and other industrial activities at the base.
McClellan was slated for closure under the Base Realignment and Closure Act in 1995 and shuttered in 2001.
Since the site was placed on the National Priorities List, the Air Force has conducted investigations and cleanup throughout the base. The final cleanup remedy for the groundwater contamination is in place, including a network of over 600 extraction and monitoring wells.
Several areas of soil contamination have been cleaned up and other activities are ongoing.
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This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.