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Carson wants Shell to hurry cleanup of Carousel tract contamination

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The City Council Tuesday night will discuss issuing a letter opposing Shell Oil’s initial cleanup plans for the Carousel tract neighborhood, which was contaminated by a former oil tank farm that occupied the 50-acre area until the 1960s.

Shell has been preparing a plan, under the supervision of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, for about five years. A specific plan, now in its final stages, calls for digging up contaminated soil, cleaning it, and replacing it with fresh soil in the 285-home development. But council members said Shell Oil is not working quickly enough considering residents face health concerns.

“This process has taken much longer than originally anticipated,” the proposed letter states. “This delay is unacceptable.”

The letter goes on to demand that Shell and the water board present a better plan than they have thus far proposed so that there is “zero risk to public health and welfare.”

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