News release - 10/21/2013

Published 10/21/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Oxnard Police Code Compliance and City Corps cleanup Halaco site
DATE/TIME: October 21, 2013 
LOCATION: 6200 Perkins Road, Oxnard, CA 93033
PREPARED BY: Miguel Lopez, Community Affairs Manager,
(805) 385-7631,
Rob Silverstein, Code Compliance Manager,
(805) 385-8263,

(OXNARD, Calif)– Oxnard Police Code Compliance and City Corps members came together last week for an abatement cleanup of the Halaco site, in the process, showing the general public what a small group of dedicated people can do when they come together.
“This really is a labor of love.  We cannot simply walk up and start cleaning up on a project like this.  The process can be long and arduous, but we received an Abatement Warrant from the Superior Court, and started our cleanup efforts on Monday.  By the weekend, our work at the site was complete,” said Oxnard Code Compliance Manager Rob Silverstein,
The old-Halaco Engineering Company was added to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund National Priorities List in 2007.  The former Halaco Engineering Co. metals recycling facility off Perkins Road operated from 1965 to 2004, when the company shut down after filing for bankruptcy protection.
During its 40-years of operation, Halaco produced a large quantity of waste (i.e., slag) containing residual metals from the smelting process. From about 1965 to 1970, Halaco discharged waste into unlined settling ponds in or adjacent to the Oxnard Industrial Drain. From about 1970 to 2002, Halaco deposited wastes into unlined earthen settling ponds east of the smelter. More than 700,000 cubic yards of waste and radioactive material still remain on-site.
“The before and after are drastic,” says Miguel Lopez, Oxnard Police Community Affairs Manager. “Keeping up with their standard of hard-work and attention to every detail, Code Compliance and City Corps came in and got the abatement job done—cleaning up overgrown brush and providing overdue graffiti-removal safely.  The team’s attitude, commitment, and hard-work needs to be recognized and commended,” Lopez added.
In 2006, after Halaco ceased its operations, the bankruptcy was converted to a Chapter 7 (liquidation) bankruptcy. Members of the Haack family retain ownership of the 11-acre smelter area, but in 2006, Alpha and Omega Development LLC purchased the 26-acre waste management area. The future use of the property remains uncertain.
The Oxnard Police Department would like to thank Code Compliance Manager Rob Silverstein, Officers Johanna Garcia and Christina Galindo; as well as, Efren Gorre, Maria Chavez, and the City Corps team who provided invaluable support. “We hope visitors to Ormond Beach are able to enjoy the beach and natural wetlands a little bit more, after our best efforts at a temporary cleanup,” said Silverstein.
[Note: small sample of before/after pictures attached.  Additional photos will be uploaded to our Oxnard Police Facebook Page.]

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