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Are 28 Riverside homes by former sewer plant contaminated? State tests aim to find out

By in Press Enterprise on July 6, 2017

By Alicia Robinson

State geologists are looking for contamination on more than two dozen Riverside properties that surround a former sewer plant where an environmental cleanup already is underway.

They began collecting soil samples in the backyards of several homes and nearby Rutland Park in the city’s Arlanza neighborhood on Wednesday, July 5. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control officials are expected to take about two weeks to visit all 28 properties, said Peter Garcia, the department’s chief of brownfields restoration.

The investigation comes in response to concerns from residents, who fear that soil contaminated with cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, could have blown from the former plant property and settled in their yards and houses. New homes are planned for the nearly 60-acre land.

  • State Department of Toxic Substances Control Greg Sweel, Senior Engineering Geologist takes soil sample from the front yard of Siegfried Rissling as the house is against the ag park site in Riverside, CA. Wednesday, July 5, 2017. TERRY PIERSON,THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG

  • State Department of Toxic Substances Control Greg Sweel, Senior Engineering Geologist takes a soil sample from Rutland Park in Riverside, CA. Wednesday, July 5, 2017. TERRY PIERSON,THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG

    State Department of Toxic Substances Control Greg Sweel, Senior Engineering Geologist takes a soil sample from Rutland Park in Riverside, CA. Wednesday, July 5, 2017. TERRY PIERSON,THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG

  • Greg Sweel, Senior Engineering Geologist for the State Department of Toxic Substances Control takes soil sample at Rutland Park in Riverside, CA. Wednesday, July 5, 2017. TERRY PIERSON,THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG

    Greg Sweel, Senior Engineering Geologist for the State Department of Toxic Substances Control takes soil sample at Rutland Park in Riverside, CA. Wednesday, July 5, 2017. TERRY PIERSON,THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG

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