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January 11, 2024 - Update

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October 2023




The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (Los Angeles Water Board) is

providing this update on the status of investigation at the Former Berk Oil and Pacific Metal

Craft site (Site) located at 5600 – 5636 Shull Street, Bell Gardens.

Site Background

The Former Berk Oil and Pacific Metal Craft Site is a 4.3-acre vacant lot, currently owned

by the City of Bell Gardens. The Site has been undeveloped for approximately 30 years.

Historical industrial operations included asphalt mixing, oil distribution, and fabrication of metal and plastic components. The Site also stored diesel, waste oil, degreasers, and

asphalt in above-ground storage tanks (ASTs) and under-ground storage tanks (USTs).

Figure 1: Map of Site and vicinity

Environmental Investigations

Recent assessment of soil, soil vapor and groundwater were conducted at the Site

through the following activities:

• Installation of five (5) groundwater monitoring wells to approximate depths of 67

feet below ground surface (bgs).

• Installation of eight (8) soil vapor probes with approximate screening depths of 15,

30, 45, and 60 feet bgs.

• Collection of 72 soil samples for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), total

petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs), metals, and

polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) analyses.

• Collection of groundwater samples, soil vapor samples for VOCs, TPH, and


Next Steps:

On August 29th, 2023, the City of Bell Gardens submitted a Draft Removal Action Work

Plan (Draft RAW). The Draft RAW proposes the removal of Benzo(a)pyrene and lead-

impacted soil at the Site via excavation. The estimated volume of impacted soil for

removal is 5,000 cubic yards. Excavated soil will be transported and disposed of off-Site.

Appropriate mitigation measures will be taken during excavation, and confirmation soil

samples will be collected. Implementation of the Draft RAW will require compliance with

the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

On September 22, 2023, the Los Angeles Water Board sent a Formal Notification of

Decision to Undertake a Project and Notification of Consultation Opportunity, pursuant to

Public Resources Code § 21080.3.1(D), to California Native Tribes that had previously

requested notification of CEQA projects. The letter requests that California Native Tribes

seeking to engage in formal consultation notify the Los Angeles Water Board within 30

days from the receipt of the letter.

Information Repositories and Contacts

The Los Angeles Water Board invites you to learn more about the referenced Site. All

project-related documents and reports, including technical reports on environmental

investigations, are available for public review on GeoTracker, the State Water Resources

Control Board database:

For more information, or if you have questions about this Site, please contact the

Los Angeles Water Board:

Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board

320 West 4th Street, Suite 200

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Jeremy Barela, Project Manager

Susana Lagudis, Public Participation, Environmental Justice and Tribal Coordinator


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