2009 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 08:52:40 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Park at Special Devices site, Santa Clarita, California
Caution urged with park site
Contaminated property will require special signage, critic says

By Brian Charles
Santa Clarita Signal (CA)
May 17, 2009

A city plan to buy a piece of contaminated land near Placerita Canyon is drawing criticism. It's also drawing comparisons to another infamous toxic-waste site.

The city of Santa Clarita plans to spend $2.5 million to buy the 140-acre Special Devices site near Placerita Canyon, said Rick Gould, city of Santa Clarita park director. The site was the home to Special Devices Inc. The company manufactured explosives for the air bags used in automotive safety systems, and explosive release charges for the doors on the Mercury space capsules, Gould said.

When Special Devices abandoned the site in 1999, the company left behind a site with contaminated soil, said Ken Paine, project manager for the California Department of Toxic Substance Control.


According to the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act study published in December, the contamination in the soil was enough to prohibit home-building, but not enough to stop the city from turning the site into open space.


For the entire article, see http://www.the-signal.com/news/article/13336/


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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