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May 4, 2017
Water Agencies and Industry Partners Sign Historic Agreement
(West Covina, Ca) – Following two years of negotiations, water agencies within the San Gabriel Valley and representatives of 5 major industries that were designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Responsible Parties obligated to remediate contamination in the San Gabriel Valley (Valley) groundwater basin signed an agreement that paves the way for water reliability and groundwater cleanup for another decade. The new Baldwin Park Operable Unit Project (BPOU) Agreement takes effect this month and will bind the parties until 2027.
The historic agreement calls for the continued reimbursement of expenses to the water agencies for operating water treatment plants that serve water to over 400,000 residents of the Valley. “That agreement is worth about $200 to $250 million dollars to the residents of the Valley and guarantees that water rates will not rise due to groundwater cleanup”, said Ken Manning, Executive Director of the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority.
The San Gabriel Groundwater Basin (Basin) was listed on the EPA’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1984 after Volatile Organic Compounds, used primarily as solvents by manufacturing industries in the 1950’s and 60’s, were discovered in the Basin a few years earlier. Since then additional compounds have been discovered such as perchlorate and N-Nitrosodimethylamine (“NDMA”) liquid/solid rocket fuels.
Today there are 5 regional treatment facilities operating locally that are capable of treating over 30,000 gallons per minute. “That water is treated to better than drinking water standards and then served to the public using state of the art technology”, said Manning.
The original BPOU Agreement ran from May 2002 to May 2017 although the water agencies have been treating groundwater since the early 1990’s when the contaminations was discovered. Since 1993 the projects in the BPOU have treated 213.2 billion gallons (654,000 acre feet) of water and removed 91,000 lbs. of contaminants.
Throughout the San Gabriel Valley there are 6 Operable Units (OU’s) defined by the USEPA as needing remediation. By implementing this agreement the Responsible Parties, now referred to as Cooperating Respondents (CR’s), will be meeting their obligations to the EPA for cleanup of the BPOU.
Parties to the agreement are:
San Gabriel Basin Watermaster (626) 815 -1300
Tony Zampiello, Executive Officer
San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority (626) 338-5555
Ken Manning, Executive Director
San Gabriel Valley Water Company (626) 448-6183
Michael L. Whitehead, CEO
Valley County Water District (626) 338-7301
Jose Martinez, General Manager
La Puente Valley County Water District (626) 330-2126
Greg Galindo, General Manager
Suburban Water Systems (626) 543-2643
Michael O. Quinn, President & CEO
California Domestic Water Company (562) 947-3811
Lynda Noriega, Vice President General Manager
Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc (916) 355-5454
- Scott Goulart, Senior Director, Environmental Remediation
Chemical Waste Management (818) 252-3202
Philip Perley, Senior District Manager; Waste Management
Allied Waste Industries, Inc (for Azusa Land Reclamation, Inc.)
Victoria Warren, Director, Hydrogeology & Superfund
Winco Enterprises Inc (c/o Parker Hannifin Corporation)
Maria Makowiecki, Esq. Asst. General Counsel
Michael Couitt, President
Environmental Protection Agency – (EPA is not a party to the agreement but oversaw the negotiations)
John Lyons, Acting Deputy Director Superfund Division, Region 9
Wayne Praskins, Project Manager BPOU