Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
I-710 Corridor Initiative-
Progress Toward Abandoned Gas Stations Cleanup
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In December 2010, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 and the California Environmental Protection Agency’s State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) launched the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Cleanup Partnership in the Interstate 710 (I-710) Corridor. The purpose of the Partnership is to:
- Accelerate the cleanup of abandoned gas station sites;
- Better prevent contamination at active gas station facilities; and
- Remove barriers to neighborhood revitalization efforts.
The I-710 Freeway bisects Los Angeles County, from the City of Long Beach in the South through the City of East Los Angeles in the North. Many of the areas within this transportation corridor include low-income and under-served communities. The I-710 Corridor is a priority area for EPA and is part of the Agency’s larger effort to integrate environmental justice principles into its programs across the country.
The Partnership built an inventory of dozens of abandoned gas station sites within the I-710 Corridor that were vacant or had limited uses. Many sites required further environmental assessment before tank removal or cleanup activities could be conducted. Seven (7) sites were selected based on recommendations from the respective partner cities and an identified strong potential for redevelopment of the properties. EPA’s Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA) Program was used to complete the needed site assessment phase of the work. All seven sites are located in areas of need—in Bellflower, Compton, Los Angeles, and Long Beach—where the cities are focusing their redevelopment efforts. In addition to paving the road toward cleanup and development, the TBA Program helped identify potential threats to human health in the communities.
EPA Brownfields Program & Partner Agencies
The Brownfields Program is designed to promote multi-agency and local stakeholder cooperation to assess, clean up, and redevelop Brownfield sites. Grants funding and other assistance, including the TBA Program, is available within EPA Region 9. The selection and assessment of the TBA sites in the I-710 Corridor was accomplished with collaborative efforts of the property owners and the following partner agencies:
- Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (LARWQCB)
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LACDPW)
- City of Bellflower
- City of Compton
- City of Long Beach
- City of Los Angeles
Additional Resources for Abandoned Gas Station Assessment and Cleanup:
- Office of Underground Storage Tank’s Petroleum Brownfields site
- Federal LUST Trust Fund
- Targeted Investigation (TSI) Program Application
- CA State Cleanup Fund
- CA State Cleanup Fund Sub Account: Emergency, Abandoned, Recalcitrant (EAR) Account
- CA State Cleanup Fund Sub Account: Orphan Site Cleanup Fund (OSCF)
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