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Permit proposed to inject biosolids under Los Angeles

Release Date: 06/06/2006
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, (213) 244-1815

LOS ANGELES - The U S Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting public input on a proposed permit for injecting municipal biosolids into the ground beneath the city's Terminal Island Treatment Plant in San Pedro, Calif.

The proposed permit would allow the city, over a five-year period, to drill three wells - one for injection and two to monitor the effectiveness of the project - injecting up to 400 tons of biosolids per day. The proposed biosolids injection system would not affect drinking water supplies.

This proposal is an alternative to the city’s current practice of applying its treatment plant biosolids to agricultural fields in Kern County. The city trucks about 500 tons of treated biosolids daily to its farm in Kern County where the material is applied as fertilizer for non-food crops.

Detailed information, including the draft permit and related documents, are available at

Copies are also available at the EPA Regional Office and the locations listed below. Public comments are welcomed through
July 19, 2006. Please forward comments to USEPA Region 9 Ground Water Office (WTR-9), 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, or by email to

Los Angeles Central Public Library
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Los Angeles Harbor Gateway
Harbor City Branch Library
1555 W. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90501

Los Angeles San Pedro
Regional Branch Library
931 S. Gaffney St.
San Pedro, CA 90731

Los Angeles Wilmington Branch Library
1300 N. Avalon Blvd.
Wilmington, CA 90744

Long Beach Public Library
Main Location
101 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90822

CA Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources
Cypress District 1 Office
5816 Corporate Avenue, Ste. 200
Cypress, CA 90630