The Casmalia Resources Superfund Site (CRSS) is an inactive hazardous waste management facility located in the northwestern
corner of Santa Barbara County, California. The facility opened in 1973 and was used to treat and dispose of acids, bases,
organic solvents, pesticides, and oil drilling sludges. The facility stopped receiving wastes in 1989 and was subsequently
placed on the National Priorities List in 2001.
Community health concerns relating to the facility began in 1984 when the elementary school in Casmalia was closed down due
to suspicion of odors emanating from the facility. Letters from community members stemming from this event are included in
the collection. The collection also includes several studies initiated by the county and state in the mid-1980s that investigated
the impact of the facility on the local communities in Casmalia, Tanglewood, Orcutt, and Santa Maria.
The collection contains Grand Jury hearings documents, community and governmental public hearings and 501 hearings. In addition
to the public hearings, there is testimony in the form of correspondence from community members regarding the physical and
emotional impact from exposure to contaminated air. Also included are laboratory reports for the testing of ground water,
sulfur gas, pesticides/solvents, and air pollution. There are reports from various governmental agencies such as the state
of California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Department of Health Services (CDHS), and Department of Health
Services (DHS) as well as consent decrees and compliance requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Similarly,
there are investigation reports from the following companies: Woodward-Clyde Consultants, Canonie Environmental, and ICF Kaiser.
The Casmalia Resources Superfund Site, formerly the Casmalia Resources Hazardous Waste Management Facility, is an approximately
252-acre, inactive commercial hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility located in Santa Barbara County, California.
This Site is located 10 miles southwest of the City of Santa Maria, 1.2 miles north of the Town of Casmalia, and four miles
from the Pacific Ocean.
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