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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

EPA Activities in Kettleman City Area

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Avenal Power Plant
  • Air Permits (under Draft Permits)
  • Docket (Draft Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit for Avenal Energy Project)
  • Contact information:
    Shirley Rivera
    US EPA Region 9
    Air Permits Office (AIR-3)
    75 Hawthorne Street
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    415-947-3579 (fax)

Draft Environmental Justice Assessment

The Draft EJ Assessment was released by EPA in 2007. Its primary purpose was to inform the PCB permitting review process. Specifically, EPA conducted the assessment to help evaluate impacts and potential impacts of the TSCA activities at the KHF on communities of concern, and not to evaluate all potential impacts on and burdens borne by these communities. Moreover, EPA's assessment was necessarily limited by data that was available at the time the assessment was developed, in 2006. Because certain information and conclusions in the Draft 2007 Assessment are out of date and should not be cited, EPA has removed the Assessment from the website. For more current environmental assessment efforts, please see the Cal/EPA website describing their 2010 environmental exposure assessment of Kettleman City. Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

What is the CWM Kettleman Hills Facility?

The Chemical Waste Management (CWM), Kettleman Hills Facility is a commercial hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility located in Kings County, California, south-west of the intersection of Interstate 5 and Highway 41. The CWM Facility handles polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) waste, non-PCB hazardous waste, and solid waste.

EPA regulates the handling, storage and disposal of PCB waste at the CWM Facility under a TSCA permit. The State of Cali­fornia, authorized under federal law, regulates the handling, storage and disposal of hazardous waste under a Resource and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste permit.

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    CWM has applied to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for a modification to its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permit to allow for the expansion of its hazardous waste landfill, Unit B-18, by 14 acres.  CWM also applied to EPA to both renew its existing TSCA PCB permit and to modify that same permit to allow for the expansion of the landfill.  EPA is responsible for regulating the storage and disposal of PCBs under TSCA, including the decision on whether to renew CWM’s PCB permit and grant the modification request covering the landfill expansion for PCB disposal purposes.

Who Can I Contact with Questions or Comments?

  • Edwin Poalinelli - Landfill, Project Manager
    (415) 972-3390
    Fax: (415) 947-3533
  • Deldi Reyes - Environmental Justice Program Manager
    (415) 972-3795
  • Bilingual Message Center
    (800) 231-3075
  • Nahal Mogharabi - Media Contact
    (415) 947-4307

Send mail to:

Edwin Poalinelli
US EPA Region 9
75 Hawthorne Street (WST-4)
San Francisco, CA 94105

Site Repository/Library Sources

Paper copies of documents identified in this project's Administrative Record are available for review at the Kettleman City Library.

Kettleman City Branch Library
104 Becky Pease Street
Kettleman City, CA 93239
(559) 386-9804

State Environmental Exposure Assessment Plan for Kettleman City

On January 29, 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger directed the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to conduct an investigation of the public health and environmental exposures in Kettleman City. For the complete assessment outline, please visit California EPA's webpage. Exiting EPA (disclaimer)

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