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Release Date: 5/17/1995
Contact Information: Paula Bruin, U.S. EPA, (415) 744-1587

(San Francisco)--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
today announced a proposed plan that indicates that all necessary
work has been completed and further action is required at the
Louisiana-Pacific (L-P) Superfund site, Oroville, Calif.  The
agency has determined that contamination at the site does not
present a significant environmental or human health threat.

     The public is invited to attend a community meeting and public
hearing to provide comments on the proposed plan.  The
meeting/hearing will begin at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 1, 1995, at the
Oakdale Heights School, 2255 Las Plumas Ave., Oroville, Calif.

     "After a careful investigation of environmental problems at
this site, U.S. EPA has found that the risk to public health from
contaminants in soil and groundwater at the site is minimal," said
Jeff Zelikson, director of hazardous waste management for U.S.
EPA's western regional office.  "We believe that no further action
is needed at this site under Superfund.
    U.S. EPA proposes to withdraw its existing requirement for
both well permit restrictions in the area of the L-P plant and deed
restrictions prohibiting future residential use of the plant.  L-P
will have to conduct limited addition monitoring to the west of the
plant in response to an order issued in April by the California
Regional Water Quality Control Board.

     In 1990, U.S. EPA issued an Interim Record of Decision (ROD)
for the L-P site requiring additional groundwater monitoring, soil
sampling and institutional controls (fencing, deed restrictions and
well permit restrictions).  L-P recently completed the soil
sampling and groundwater monitoring required by that ROD, and the
results of that work indicate that contaminants are below health-
based levels of concern.

     The public may also comment on the proposed cleanup by
submitting written comments, postmarked by ..........., 1995 to:

     Fred Schauffler
    Remedial Project Manager (H-7-2)
    U.S. EPA, Region 9
    75 Hawthorne St.
    San Francisco, CA. 94105

     Copies of the proposed plan and related documents are
available for public review at the following locations:

     Butte County Health Dept. Library
    1820 Mitchell Avenue
    Oroville, CA. 95966
    Meriam Library
    California State University Library, Chico
    Chico, CA. 95929

     Cleanup activities at the site have included on-site sampling,
groundwater monitoring and the construction of a fence around the
L-P plant.  

     The Louisiana Pacific Superfund site was placed on the
National Priorities List in 1986.  The NPL is U.S. EPA's list of
hazardous waste sites potentially posing the greatest long-term
threat to public health and the environment.  U.S. EPA identifies
and ranks NPL sites according to threats to nearby populations
through actual or potential contamination of groundwater, surface
water or air.

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