Glaser Weil Secures Groundwater Clean Up for Nearly Half a Million California Residents

Ensuring the continued groundwater cleanup at a large Superfund site in California with no expense to residents was imperative in negotiations of a historic agreement worth in excess of $200 million.

Managing Remnants of the Cold War 

The San Gabriel Basin located in Los Angeles County was listed on the EPA’s National Priorities List in 1984 after Volatile Organic Compounds, primarily used as solvents by manufacturing industries, were discovered a few years earlier. Since that time, additional compounds have been found such as chemicals left from bomb-making plants in the 1950s and 1960s operating during the Cold War. 

Five responsible parties were designated as obligated by the EPA to clean up the contamination through an agreement that ran from 2002-2017. 

A Win for the Client and the Community

Glaser Weil represented the San Gabriel Valley Water Company, along with other water agencies, in calling for continued reimbursement of treatment plant expenses beyond 2017. The negotiations lasted for 2 years and resulted in a new, 10-year Baldwin Park Operable Unit Project agreement that guarantees water rates will not rise due to groundwater cleanup. Without the extended agreement, residents in some areas would have seen their water rates nearly double.