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Release Date: 9/14/1995
Contact Information: Paula Bruin, U.S. EPA, (415), 744-1587

 (San Francisco)--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced it will hold an open house and two public meetings to discuss alternative locations for a proposed treatment plant to treat contaminated groundwater that has migrated offsite from the Aerojet General Corp. Superfund site, Rancho Cordova, Calif.  

     The first meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, September 16, 1995, at the Earl Legette Elementary School multi-purpose rooms, 4623 Kenneth Ave., Fair Oaks, Calif.  Officials of U.S. EPA, the California Environmental Protection Agency Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), will present several alternative locations in Sailor Bar Park for a groundwater treatment plant.  In May, U.S. EPA ordered Aerojet to build the plant, but has postponed construction until agreement is reached with the community on where to place the plant.
     There will be an open house held from 3 - 6 p.m., followed
by a second public meeting from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 19, 1995, where U.S. EPA officials will be available to discuss the alternatives and answer questions more informally.  The open house and public meeting will be held at the same location as Saturday's meeting.
     The treatment plant would be one of several extraction and treatment facilities Aerojet has installed as part of the cleanup activities since it was added to the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1981.  The NPL is U.S. EPA's list of hazardous waste sites potentially posing the greatest long-term threat to public health and the environment.  U.S. EPA identifies and ranks NPL sites according to threats to nearby populations through actual or potential contamination of groundwater, surface water or air.

     Aerojet began operations in Sacramento in 1951.  Aerojet developed and produced liquid rocket engines and solid rocket motors.  Cordova Chemical Co., a subsidiary of Aerojet, manufactured paint, herbicides, and pharmaceutical products on a small portion of the property between 1974 and 1979.

     Aerojet is located near Rancho Cordova, approximately 15 miles east of downtown Sacramento.  The 8,500 acre site is bordered on the west by the Folsom south Canal, on the south by the White Rock Road, on the east by Prarie City Road, and on the north by Folsom Boulevard.  The America River flows is less than one mile north of the site.

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