Seal Beach’s toxic pollution cleanup begins

For decades, the city of Seal Beach has struggled with multiple gasoline leaks caused by Arco, a former gas station. Gasoline spilled into the soil, releasing benzene, a carcinogen known to cause leukemia. The cleanup effort has just begun.

The Orange County Health Care Agency says that vapor extraction wells have been installed and are working, although levels of contamination are higher than expected. The cleanup project will include extracting groundwater, filtering it, and disposing of  it in the sewer system. Soil is also being cut out to be disposed of.

While it has taken years for the cleanup effort to begin, residents believe it shows the company is dedicated to take responsibility for the leak. However, the project is already behind schedule.

If you are a business owner interested in pursuing civil litigation for environmental concerns, the firm of Daily Aljian may be of assistance. Call at 949-861-2524.