one of the major west coast sites that it seems everyone in the environmental remediation business gets to work on at one point is the AeroJet Sacramento Facility. Even though I am based in Southern California, I did a soil gas investigation out there in the summer of 2002 or 2003. It seems that the site continues to require attention and has received additional federal funding. The EPA issued the following press release last week:
SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Environmental Protection is ordering a $60 million clean-up of rocket fuel-polluted groundwater at the Aerojet Superfund Site in Sacramento County, Calif., the latest phase of a long-term decontamination project at the site. The extent of toxic pollution at the site makes it one of the largest and most comprehensive Superfund groundwater cleanups in California.
A 27-square mile swath of groundwater underneath and around the former aerospace facility is polluted with several compounds, including very high levels of perchlorate — a main component of rocket fuel — and a known developmental toxin. Aerojet, under the direction of the EPA, will contain the underground plume to prevent it from spreading into nearby rivers and streams. Future plans will also treat groundwater within the site’s boundaries.
This site is one of many former aerospace facilities that requires site investigation, cleanup, and various other compliance-related focus.
Form more information, see the EPA website: www.epa.gov/region09/Aerojet