A Clean Up in Slow Motion

by Wendy Cohen, Assoc. Water Resources Control Engr.; Calif. Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Region, 3201 S St., Sacramento, CA 95816,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 2, Pg. 52-54

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Eight years have passed since contamination was first discovered at the Valley Wood Preserving plant in Turlock, Calif. Though severe chromium contamination continues to travel toward domestic water supplies, neither legal remedies, nor engineering studies could overcome the company's slow response to enforcement orders. Clean-up efforts have been sporadic, and at press time, all corrective action was on hold, while the company declared bankruptcy and the matter was in litigation. California has enacted a law allowing fines to be imposed in such cases to prevent clean ups from being postponed indefinitely.

Subject Headings: Waste sites | Hazardous wastes | Legal factors |

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