Yunker said the request to remove Alviso from the Superfund list must be published in the Federal Register, and after a public hearing and approval from EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, the community could be taken off the list by next year.
Dirt parking lots. Later EPA tests found high levels of asbestos in four "truck yards" along State Street. The EPA required dirt from the parking lots to be hauled away and the sites paved.
The property, on Gold Street between the Guadalupe River and Highway 237, has been home to the Summerset Mobile Estates mobile home park since the 1970s.
to contain asbestos in concentrations up to 40 percent. The EPA's safe level was 1 percent.
But because it could pose a threat if it were dug up, the EPA required a legal agreement that bars the Santos family or future owners from digging deeper than two feet on the site without government oversight, or from ever building a hospital, school or nursing home there.
a point with which the EPA agrees.
"I'm glad it's over," he said. "We've done tests, costing us hundreds of thousands of dollars in family savings. It's been very stressful, like having a gun to our head."
During the 1950s and 1960s, Santos' late father, Anthony P. Santos, allowed asbestos laden scrap pipe, machining waste and other material to be disposed on the property, the EPA has charged. That material was covered by more than two feet of soil and a layer of asphalt when the mobile home park was built. Tests have shown it poses no health risk to the residents or the public, said Eric Yunker, an EPA Superfund project manager in San Francisco.
Environmental Protection Agency has settled a long running dispute with prominent Alviso political leader Dick Santos and his family over asbestos buried on the family's property. District Court in San Francisco this week, requires Santos, a member of the Santa Clara Valley Water District board, along with his brother Tony Santos and sister Toni Robinson, to maintain a two foot thick soil barrier over an 11 acre property, which the EPA says contains asbestos from old pipes and other waste dumped there half a century Nike Air Force High Suede
In a larger sense, the filing this week is the last major step that needed to be completed before Alviso can be removed from the federal Superfund list of toxic waste sites after 25 years.
The EPA concluded none of the dump sites posed a health risk, however, because they were capped with asphalt or deep layers of dirt. On one site on Gold Street, an office complex is now home to TiVo's headquarters.
Dick Santos said Thursday the entire episode is a result of bureaucracy run amok.
Old landfills. Three former dump sites around Alviso accepted broken pipes and other waste from 1953 to 1982 from Keasbey Mattison, and its later owner CertainTeed, which operated a cement pipe manufacturing plant in Santa Clara from the 1950s to the 1980s. Asbestos was mixed with cement to strengthen the pipe.
Many residents in the predominantly Latino and low income community of 2,200 people, on San Jose's northern edges with San Francisco Bay, have said their image suffered from the designation.
Santos noted that nobody has ever become ill from the Alviso Air Force 1 Nike White Low site Nike Air Force 93
A flood control levee. After the El Ni storms of 1983 badly flooded Alviso, San Jose city officials rushed to build a two mile long emergency wall of rock and dirt around the community's edges. But the "ring levee" was built with serpentine rock from Raisch Quarry in South San Jose that was later found Nike Air Force One Womens
The EPA designated the entire community as a Superfund site in 1986, three years after high asbestos levels were first discovered there. The asbestos came from three sources:
Last key step taken toward removing Alviso from federal Superfund list
"The heirs are dealing with the legacy of the past. They have inherited the situation," Yunker said.
By 1993, after federal officials concluded that new flood control work on Coyote Creek reduced flooding risk, the city and Raisch were ordered to remove the old levee. More than 2,500 dump truck loads of asbestos contaminated rock and dirt were entombed in an embankment constructed at the Highway 237 Zanker Road overpass.
Tests in 1987 found asbestos levels in Alviso's air six times higher than air outside the community. After most cleanup work was finished, a 1994 study found no health risk, as did tests in 2007.
A naturally occurring mineral that was once used as a fire retardant, asbestos has been shown to cause cancer and other lung diseases, although they may not develop for years after exposure.
"They didn't cause it. We have no evidence the father or the mother did anything knowingly illegal decades ago. It's a pretty typical story. We are basically playing catch up with what may have been dumped in the past."
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