The Stringfellow Hazardous Waste Site collection
contains technical reports, media clippings, correspondence, public records,
ephemera, notes, government publications, photographs, and other material regarding
the Stringfellow Hazardous Waste Site, a Class I industrial waste disposal facility
in Glen Avon, California, that operated from August 1956 to November 1972. Materials
also document the community activism of Glen Avon resident Ruth Kirkby. Topics
covered by the records include site pollution, contamination of local groundwater,
local, state, and federal government cleanup efforts, and the political activities
of Ruth Kirkby.
Located in Riverside County approximately five miles northwest of the City of
Riverside and one mile north of the community of Glen Avon, the Stringfellow
Hazardous Waste Site occupies 17 acres at the head of Pyrite Canyon in the Jurupa
Mountains. Commonly referred to as the Stringfellow Acid Pits, the site functioned
as a Class I industrial waste disposal facility permitted by the Santa Ana Regional
Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) from August 1956 to November 1972. In 1955, the
RWQCB contacted James B. Stringfellow, owner of the Stringfellow Quarry Company, to
discuss the creation of an industrial waste dump on a portion of his company's land
in the Jurupa Mountains. Following a report by the State Division of Water Resources
approving use of the site, Stringfellow agreed to the proposal, and the dumping of
toxic wastes commenced in 1956. Approximately 34 million gallons of industrial
wastes, which belonged to some of the most high-profile American companies and
contained over 200 hazardous chemicals, were disposed of over the course of the
site's 16-year operation.
44.17 linear feet
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