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Cleanup Settlement Reached for Superfund Site in Los Angeles County

LA Testing provides analytical services and sampling supplies to identify hazardous materials at former industrial sites across California.

Garden Grove, CA – WEBWIRE
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Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice announced that a group of 40 parties have agreed to conduct the cleanup of the Cooper Drum Superfund Site in South Gate. The settlement includes $22 million in new cleanup activities and reimbursements to the EPA for past cleanup activities.  

South Gate is the 17th largest city in Los Angeles County. The Cooper Drum site is a 3.8 acre facility that was used from 1941 until 1992 by a company to recondition closed-topped steel drums that previously held industrial chemicals. According to the EPA, the reconditioning process consisted of flushing out and stripping the drums for painting and resale. Fluids generated by reconditioning and hard washing activities were collected in open concrete pits and trenches. This led to the contamination of soil and groundwater beneath the site.  

Spilled and leaked chemicals included volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as trichloroethylene (TCE).  Other soil and groundwater contaminants at the site include lead, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and petroleum hydrocarbons. The EPA reports, “Drinking high levels of TCE may cause damage to the nervous system, liver and lungs. PCBs are a known human carcinogen and may cause a variety of other adverse health effects on the immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems. Long term exposure to lead can lead to kidney problems or high blood pressure.”  

“The settlement agreement is great news for people who live and work near the Cooper Drum Superfund Site,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “Cooper Drum is just one of dozens of Superfund sites across California still posing a threat years after the contamination occurred. Identifying these contaminated sites and then monitoring exposure risks during cleanup efforts is critical to ensure the health and safety of people and the environment.”  

LA Testing has multiple laboratories across California providing analytical services and sampling supplies for chemical and biological contaminants from air, water and soil samples. To learn more, please visit, email  or call (800) 755-1794. 

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LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other substances.  In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states.  LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.

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