UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCYREGION IX75 Hawthorne StreetSan Francisco, CA 94105
February 22, 2011
Halaco Superfund Site: EPA testing results on The Nature Conservancy property inOxnard, California
The attached report provides the results of soil and sediment testing on property owned by TheNature Conservancy (TNC) in Oxnard, California. The report includes a description of thetesting effort, a complete tabular summary of results, and figures depicting key results. Thetesting is part of the remedial investigation (RI) performed by the U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency (EPA) for the Halaco Superfund Site in Oxnard, California. Halaco operatedan aluminum and magnesium metal smelter at the Site from 1965 to 2004.
A total of about 170 soil and sediment samples were collected on TNC property in May andJune 2010 to define the nature, areal extent, and depth of contamination. Samples werecollected from the surface and at a depth of two feet, and analyzed to determine theconcentrations of copper, lead, radium, thorium, zinc, and other metals in Halaco
wastematerials. EPA also inspected the unpaved portion of McWane Blvd. for the presence ofHalaco
Based on the testing, EPA has concluded the following:
Copper, lead, zinc, and other metals from Halaco
waste materials have contaminatedportions of TNC property. Radium and thorium are at background
levels at the majority of the property.
The highest metals concentrations were found closest to the Halaco waste pile in lowerelevation areas. The impact is limited primarily to shallow soils and sediments.
Lower but still elevated concentrations of metals appear to extend eastward across muchof TNC property, most likely due to windblown erosion of wastes.
Waste material also appears to have affected soils in a ditch and pond immediately northand northeast of the waste pile. The extent and depth of the impacted soils have yet to bedetermined.