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$1.2M Cleanup Begins on Future BMW Electric Car Dealership

All-electric BMW ActiveEA $1.2 million contaminated soil cleanup effort is underway on a Southern California brownfield site that will be the location of a new BMW electric vehicle dealership.

The EPA and the US Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will work with the city of Huntington Park to remove about 5,600 tons of contaminated soil from a former fertilizer and steel manufacturing site in Huntington Park, California.

Contamination consists of soil impacted by arsenic, cadmium, lead and poly aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). A $200,000 grant from the EPA Brownfields Program, $800,000 from DTSC’s Revolving Loan Fund and an additional $200,000 grant from DTSC are being used to address soil contamination at the 5.1-acre property. Soil removal is planned for five areas at the site to mitigate contamination found in shallow soil and soil vapor.

The site was a fertilizer manufacturing facility in 1923. In 1928 the site was replaced by a steel manufacturing facility and was used by a number of owners until 1972. Southland Steel purchased the site in 1972 and operated until 2002. During their operation the site was used for steel manufacturing and storage of chemicals. The city’s Redevelopment Agency (now Successor Agency) purchased the property in 2005 and is currently leased by Alexander Imports to use as a parking lot.

Once contaminated soil is removed Alexander Imports will purchase the site as the location of a new BMW electric vehicle dealership. As part of the purchase agreement, the purchaser will contribute additional funds to address groundwater contamination that may be associated with this site.

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