The federal Environmental Protection Agency has finalized cleanup plans for a more than four decade old toxic waste site in Santa Barbara County. The EPA developed a five year, $60 million dollar plan to remove contaminated soil and groundwater from the Casmalia Superfund site.
The 250 acre facility southwest of Santa Maria was a commercial hazardous waste management facility in the 1970’s and 80’s. An estimated 5.6 billion pounds of wastes were sent to the site until it was shut down in 1989.
The end result was contaminated air, soil, surface water, and groundwater.