Rep. Gomez Calls on EPA to Step Up Monitoring of Avenue 34 Contamination Site Cleanup

LOS ANGELES, CA – This week, Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan calling on the agency to closely monitor cleanup activities regarding the toxic contamination in and around the R CAP Avenue 34, LLC (R Cap) project site located at 135, 141, 153 West Avenue 34 and 3401 and 3433 Pasadena Avenue, Los Angeles, California. This letter was sent following several meetings and discussions with community members about this issue.

“I write to request your continued engagement with this urgent environmental justice issue as construction and development of the site proceed despite confirmed high levels of toxins that endanger the health of the residents, workers, and children in my district,” Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) wrote in the letter. “Cleanup activities have recently begun on the site despite ongoing community concerns and a lack of adequate testing from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)… [and] I am concerned that DTSC has failed to take into account historical dumping at the site and adequately assess contamination beyond the site and property boundary. Further, our office has received multiple reports from community members that on-site activities which allow potentially contaminated dust to get in the air without mitigation are violating the Removal Action Workplan (RAW) approved by DTSC.”

Rep. Gomez closed the letter requesting that the EPA Administrator ensure the project is safe, properly reviewed, and inclusive of community feedback.

View the letter here.

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