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Emergency cleanup underway at Los Angeles metal plating shop

Release Date: 05/17/2006
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, (213) 244-1815

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun removing hazardous chemicals from Graybill Metal Polishing, Inc., a former metal plating firm, due to multiple violations of the nation’s hazardous waste laws.

Located at 1245 East Florence Avenue in Los Angeles, Calif., Graybill Metal Polishing until recently conducted copper cyanide, nickel and chrome plating and buffing and polishing operations.

The EPA began cleaning up the former Graybill Metal Polishing site on May 9, 2006, after informing the business owner and property owner of their liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, which establishes requirements concerning closed and

Citing its emergency powers, the EPA then began securing and stabilizing the contaminated solutions, accumulated sludges, polishing dust, process containers, boardwalks and building material and arranging for the transportation and treatment and disposal to approved off-site facilities. If the business and property owner do not comply with an agency order, the EPA will continue to perform whatever cleanup is needed till there is no possibility of

The EPA estimates that complete site cleanup will take several weeks to complete. Once the above-ground wastes have been removed, the EPA shall begin a more comprehensive sampling and analysis of the soil under Graybill

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