Tests Ordered In SoCal Town To Find Toxic Source

TORRANCE, CA — Environmental Protection Agency investigators have been ordered to test homes near two Superfund cleanup sites in Los Angeles County because residents are worried they are breathing in tainted groundwater chemicals.

The Del Amo and Montrose SuperFund sites are in an unincorporated area near Torrance. They used to sit next to one of the nation’s worst chemical dumping grounds, the Montrose Chemical Corp.

The EPA did test 107 homes in the vicinity earlier this year.

An EPA spokeswoman tells SUN News that results were not bad enough to declare an urgent health risk for residents.

But pollutants including benzene, chloroform and trichloroethylene were found and the EPA says that’s enough to cause concern and order more tests.