The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently detailed its response and assessment activities carried in the wake of the Fruitland Magnesium fire Incident in Maywood, California, which it is undertaking in a Unified Command with county-level agencies.
Working with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles County Health Hazardous Materials Division (HHMD), the EPA’s activities to assess and clean up the impacted area began with evacuations of 12 nearby properties, lasting until they are deemed safe for occupancy by LA County.
The EPA is collecting samples from these properties, both indoor air quality samples from homes situated on them and ash samples from throughout the area. The air samples are analyzed for metals, while the ash samples are tested to determine levels of metals and hazardous chemicals.
Additionally, an EPA assessment team has entered the facility to ensure that there are not any more imminent chemical issues. The agency and its contractors have worked to further decontaminate 52nd Street between Maywood and Everett avenues