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Stringfellow Hazardous Waste Site collection
MS 148  
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
44.17 linear feet (38 boxes)
Restrictions
Copyright Unknown: Some material in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Availability
This collection is open for research.