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EPA Settlement Stipulates Rehab for NoHo Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a $1 million settlement with CalMat Corp. that requires the North Hollywood company to design extraction wells and a treatment system to clean groundwater contamination caused by its former site. CalMat, also known as Vulcan Materials Co., is the former owner of a landfill which released chemicals into the groundwater. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power produces water for public distribution from seven wellfields near the North Hollywood site. EPA has worked to clean up groundwater contamination in the San Fernando Valley since the early 1980s when solvent pollution was first discovered. The North Hollywood groundwater treatment system has operated since 1989, removing volatile organic compounds from groundwater. The site was placed on the EPA’s Superfund list in 1986. “These investigation and design efforts are critical steps in EPA’s cleanup actions at this site,” Alexis Strauss, EPA’s acting regional administrator, said in a statement. “Looking to the future, this work will complement local efforts to develop additional water sources.”

Joel Russel
Joel Russel
Joel Russell joined the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2006 as a reporter. He transferred to sister publication San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2012 as managing editor. Since he assumed the position of editor in 2015, the Business Journal has been recognized four times as the best small-circulation tabloid business publication in the country by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers. Previously, he worked as senior editor at Hispanic Business magazine and editor of Business Mexico.

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