Historic Photos, 1980-1990

October 20, 1980 

October 20, 1980                   Photo ID: 295

Eight Years Later Close Up

Upper Right:  McDonnell Douglas, Capital Metals and International Light Metals Middle: Montrose Chemical DDT Now Banned but still being produced for export until 1982

Upper Left: Del Amo Site Being Redeveloped by Cadillac Fairview No Testing

Lower Middle: Paper Recycler currently Prologis Trucking

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 exclusively
  • 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.  The cleaned up, greened up ECI property could be perfect.

Site 4: Prologis/Former Paper Recycling Plant

  • Located directly south (adjacent) to Farmer Bros/Bridge Development truck warehouse
  • Former paper recycling plant, now overnight trailer truck parking lot
  • Soil disturbance on site resulting in Notice to Comply (NTC)
  • Is this the best community beneficial use of this site?

June 22, 1981  

June 22, 1981                   Photo ID: 315, 317

The Investigation

Welcome to our Neighborhood, Meet our Neighbors

Right: Paper Recycler/Prologis adjacent to railroad spur where 

White Material has been visible in Aerial Photos prior to 1980) 

Left:  Montrose Chemical Site about one year prior to being asphalted over 

PRIOR TO TESTING

Jones Chemical is a Chlorine Transfer Station next to the Boys & Girls Club

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 (Redeveloped)

  • 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 (Visible)

  • 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 exclusively
  • 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
  • Air Pollution; 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.  The cleaned up, greened up ECI property could be perfect.

Site 3: Farmers Brothers/Bridge Development

  • Farmers Brothers operated on the property from 1920-2016
  • Developer to build warehouse with over 120 truck bays with no community input (by right use)
  • Building debris, cement dust and noise impacted  residential neighborhood and children at the Cheryl Green Boys and Girls Club during demolition of a very old facility adjacent to the Montrose site
  • Community has not benefitted from this development

January 13th, 1989

January 13, 1989                   Photo ID: 1604

Nine Years Later 

Upper Right:  McDonnell Douglas, Capital Metals and International Light Metals Middle: Montrose Chemical Site is completely asphalted over PRIOR TO TESTING

Jones Chemical is left unpaved on the original Montrose Footprint

Upper Left: Del Amo Site Redeveloped by Cadillac Fairview No Testing

Lower Middle/Right: ECI Stormwater Pathway undeveloped (no fences between homes and industrial areasWhere the water flowed is where the contamination came to rest.

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  (Redeveloped)

  • 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 (Visible)

  • 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 exclusively
  • The property owner handles dangerous chemicals including chlorine at risk of an accident
  • Boys and Girls Club adjacent

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 8: Del Amo Alley – Adjacent to Del Amo Waste Pits

  • Small capacity alley behind homes on 204th Street, not intended for extreme big rig truck traffic
  • Contamination uncategorized: DDT aerial dispersion, soil staining (nothing will grow), old railroad route
  • Trucks are using area for parking, creating diesel emissions increasing area air pollution and asthma
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