On May 17,2010, EPA entered an Administrative Order on Conscent (AOC) with International Paper Company, Inc. and McGinnes Industrial Maintenance Corporation to conduct a time critical removal action to temporarily address the release of dioxin into the San Jacinto River, until the nature and extent of contamination at the site is being fully characterized and a remedy is selected.
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The EPA managed time critical removal action (TCRA) will include the design and construction of a physical protective barrier surrounding waste Ponds 1 and 2 that address the release or threat of release of dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans into the San Jacinto River. In addition to the construction of a physical barrier to keep the waste secure, there needs to be restricted public access at the site. Public access restrictions are being put into place.
The site was placed on the National Priorities List (NPL) on March 19, 2008. The NPL is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites identified for long term cleanup under the Federal Superfund program.