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Former Goodrich site in San Bernardino could be added to Superfund

September 3, 2008 |  4:42 pm


The federal Environmental Protection Agency has said it may take over cleanup of the former Goodrich Corp. toxic waste site in San Bernardino County, adding it to the national priorities or Superfund list.

Contamination from perchlorate led the Rialto City Council to declare a water emergency last year. From the EPA's announcement:

Since the 1940s, the B.F. Goodrich site has been used by businesses to store, test and manufacture munitions, rocket motors, and pyrotechnics. The area’s soil and groundwater are contaminated with perchlorate and trichloroethylene (TCE), forcing the closure of area public drinking water supply wells in the nearby communities of Rialto and Colton.

"It’s time for the EPA to mobilize its technical, financial, and enforcement resources to put the cleanup back on track," said Keith Takata, Superfund director of the EPA’s Pacific Southwest region. "Rialto and Colton are counting on us to move ahead as quickly as possible, and proposing this site for the Superfund list makes it clear that this cleanup is a top priority for the EPA."

-- Geoffrey Mohan

Photo credit: City of Rialto