PureGro Brawley Cleanup Project

What is the PureGro Brawley Cleanup Project?

Located at 1025 River Drive in northeast Brawley, California, the 11-acre former PureGro Company property was used to formulate, store, and distribute agricultural products from the 1940s to 2000. Over the next several years, hundreds of soil, groundwater, and air samples were collected and analyzed to confirm the site is safe for nearby residents and to understand how best to clean up the property. In June 2020, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) approved the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) so that cleanup can begin.

About 15,000 cubic yards of surface soil was removed from the vacant lot immediately east of the property and temporarily stockpiled within a second fenced enclosure on the PureGro property. Since then, the stockpiled soil has been continuously covered to prevent dust, and the dust control material and fenced enclosure have been inspected and maintained each year until the stockpile is removed.

DTSC approved the Baseline Human Health Risk Assessment and Ecological Scoping Assessment report. Results of that study showed the PureGro property does not pose a significant or uncontrolled health risk to residents living nearby.

Environmental testing of soil, groundwater, and air performed to date are detailed in the final Remedial Investigation report approved by DTSC in August 2014.

DTSC approved the engineering Feasibility Study that evaluated several ways to remediate the property. Those options are called “remedial alternatives” and were further evaluated and compared in the RAP.

In January 2018, DTSC issued the draft RAP. Based on community input during the public comment period and public meeting, DTSC withdrew the draft RAP in February 2018 and began work on a revised draft RAP.

DTSC and the City of Brawley gathered additional community input to help shape a revised draft RAP. In November 2019, the revised draft RAP was issued with five cleanup options, including several features requested by the community. DTSC hosted a public meeting on December 5, 2019 and a public comment period from November 13 to December 17, 2019 to receive comments on the revised draft RAP.

Based on community input and regulatory criteria, DTSC approved the RAP on June 1, 2020 so that cleanup can begin. The approved cleanup plan includes removal and offsite disposal of the soil stockpile, excavation and removal of additional soils in targeted areas, and creation of 50-foot wide residential buffer zones on the eastern and southern sides of the property. DTSC also requires measures to protect public safety and the environment during cleanup activities, including dust control and use of a designated truck route. Stockpile removal is the first step, with a goal of completion within 2020. All remaining parts of the cleanup will begin as soon as possible after stockpile removal. Visit the Resources page to read the RAP, Responsiveness Summary, and other information.