Historic Photos, 1960-1970

February 28, 1963  

Photo ID: 185 Ten Years Later

Top: McDonnell Douglas, Montrose Chemical and Del Amo Synthetic Rubber Plant.

Graded Areas Upper Right: Gardena Landfills Accepting ALL types of Waste

Middle: Operable Unit 6: Montrose Historical (Estuary) Stormwater Pathway still undeveloped~Residential Areas are fully developed around this area NO TESTING

Dominguez Channel now concreted (Vermont Ave to East & Western to the West)

Right Corner: Backlot of Capital Metals – WW II Airplane Production

Right Middle: Golden Eagle Refinery           Bottom Middle: Harbor Hospital Complex

Visible sites of:

Site A: Montrose Superfund Site 

  • Groundwater and soil contamination
  • Chlorobenzene, pCBSA, DDT
  • Vapor Intrusion Indoor Air: TCE, Chloroform, PCE, Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Mitigation slow and ineffective
  • Boys and Girls Club adjacent

Site B: Del Amo Superfund Site 

  • Groundwater, soil, indoor and ambient air contamination: Benzene and other petroleum products
  • Vapor Intrusion Indoor Air: Benzene, TCE, Chloroform, PCE, Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Toxic Waste buried in (7) unlined pits with Vapor Extraction System as remedial remedy (waste left in place must have a remedy review every five years).

Site 1: Jones Chemical 

  • Site contaminated with numerous dangerous chemicals, solvents, dry cleaning fluids, etc.
  • Focused mitigation work required/ EPA and Cal/EPA staff assigned to work on Jones 
  • The property owner handles dangerous chemicals including chlorine at risk of an accident
  • Boys and Girls Club adjacent

Site 2: Boys and Girls Club

  • Site contamination uncategorized: DDT aerial dispersion, transformer stations and Jones Chemical adjacent to property 
  • Pollution in the air; Benzene, TCE, PCE, Chloroform, Carbon Tetrachloride
  • The community’s children deserve better.  There are no places for the youth to safely gather.  The “Club” must be relocated to a safe location.  ECI cleaned up, greened up could be perfect.

Site 6: Ecology Controls Industry

  • Montrose Superfund Site Operable Unit 6: Historical Stormwater Pathway
  • Previous Uses: Chemical storage facility, Non permitted hazardous waste hauler (20 years) 
  • Requires through site investigation (DDT, Pesticides, VOCs)
  • Nightmare for residential community sharing fence line, including property damage
  • Future land should benefit the already overburdened and underserved community

Site 7:  Armco Royal Blvd 

  • Two large lots on both sides of Royal Blvd. ~ Landfill for Armco slag and building debris
  • Potential contamination from DDT unknown
  • Capped and Fenced property dividing community (Monitored by Cal/Recycle)
  • Could be positive land use: park, greenspace, etc.

September 25, 1965                                 

Photo ID: 198 

Top: McDonnell Douglas, Montrose Chemical and Del Amo Synthetic Rubber Plant.

Middle: OU 6 Montrose Stormwater Pathway still undeveloped and evidence seen of large scale dumping. Del Amo & Montrose communities surrounded by industrial uses NO TESTING PRIOR TO DEVELOPMENT INTO RESIDENTIAL IN MANY AREAS

Dominguez Channel dumps into the Gardena Landfills which accepted ALL Waste types

Right Corner: Capital Metals – WW II Airplane Production

Middle Right: Metal Foundry in Torrance

Visible sites of:

Site A: Montrose Superfund Site 

  • Groundwater and soil contamination ~ Chlorobenzene, pCBSA, DDT
  • Vapor Intrusion Indoor Air: TCE, Chloroform, PCE, Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Mitigation slow and ineffective
  • Boys and Girls Club adjacent

Site B: Del Amo Superfund Site 

  • Groundwater, soil, indoor and ambient air contamination: Benzene and petroleum products
  • Vapor Intrusion Indoor Air: Benzene, TCE, Chloroform, PCE, Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Toxic Waste buried in (7) unlined pits with Vapor Extraction System as remedial remedy (waste left in place must have a remedy review every five years).

Site 1: Jones Chemical 

  • Site contaminated with numerous dangerous chemicals, solvents, dry cleaning fluids, etc.
  • Focused mitigation work required/ EPA and Cal/EPA staff assigned to work on Jones 
  • The property owner handles dangerous chemicals including chlorine at risk of an accident
  • Boys and Girls Club adjacent

Site 2: Boys and Girls Club

  • Site contamination uncategorized: DDT aerial dispersion, transformer stations and Jones Chemical adjacent to property 
  • Pollution in the air; Benzene, TCE, PCE, Chloroform, Carbon Tetrachloride
  • The community’s children deserve better.  No places for the youth to safely gather.  The “Club” must be relocated to a safe location.  ECI cleaned up, greened up could be perfect.

Site 6: Ecology Controls Industry

  • Montrose Superfund Site Operable Unit 6: Historical Stormwater Pathway
  • Previous Uses: Chemical storage facility, Non permitted hazardous waste hauler (20 yrs) 
  • Requires through site investigation (DDT, Pesticides, VOCs)
  • Nightmare for residential community sharing fence line, including property damage
  • Future land should benefit the already overburdened and underserved community

Site 7:  Armco Royal Blvd 

  • Two large lots on both sides of Royal Blvd.
  • Landfill for Armco slag and building debris
  • Potential contamination from DDT unknown
  • Capped and Fenced property dividing community (Monitored by Cal/Recycle)
  • Could be positive land use: park, greenspace, etc.
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