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Environmental Protection Agency to update city on groundwater clean up

A representative from the Environmental Protection Agency will come to Alhambra on Thursday to update the city's Environmental Committee on groundwater clean up in the San Gabriel Valley. 

Parts of Alhambra, San Gabriel, Rosemead, Temple City, San Marino and South Pasadena make up a 19-square mile wide Superfund site, a federal designation given to polluted areas in the country. Alhambra is part of Area 3, one of four Superfund sites in the San Gabriel Valley. The project manager for Area 3 will visit City Hall to provide a report on the status of the clean up, states city documents.

Contaminants were discovered in the San Gabriel Valley in 1979. The EPA states hundreds of individual facilities throughout the San Gabriel Basin could have contributed to this through improper chemical handling and disposal methods. The EPA is currently studying clean up options and researching potentially responsible parties. 

The meeting will be at City Hall at 7pm on Thursday. 

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