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Groundwater Contamination

San Francisco, CA: (Nov-07-07) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought charges against the county of San Bernardino, CA, over clean up costs associated with the Newmark Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site, located near San Bernardino. EPA officials stated that the county operated the Cajon Landfill from 1963-1980, where the landfill accepted residential, commercial, demolition, and agricultural wastes. Sampling results found impacts to groundwater down-gradient of the landfill, leading the EPA to conclude that the landfill had contributed to the regional groundwater contamination.

In a settlement reached, sources confirmed that the county of San Bernardino agreed to pay the EPA $11 million. The money will be used for cleanup and enforcement activities at the Newmark Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site. Further, the US Army agreed to pay the city of San Bernardino $69 million toward the operation and maintenance of the interim cleanup. Under the first consent decree, the city of San Bernardino is operating and maintaining the EPA's groundwater extraction and treatment systems at the Newmark Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site. [YOSEMITE EPA: LANDFILL CONTAMINATION]

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Published on Nov-12-07


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