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SKYPARK COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES INVESTIGATION

The City was informed in late 2018 that a parcel of land in the City of Torrance leased by Hi-Shear Corporation was a source of pollution that may be spreading into the City of Lomita. In areas of Torrance where the pollution has been found, it has entered the soil, groundwater and is emitting soil vapors that consist of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), petroleum hydrocarbons and metals. 

Hi-Shear is one of a number of parties that currently or previously owned or operated on the Skypark Commercial Properties, west of Crenshaw Blvd. The Skypark Commercial Properties investigation is focused on testing the extent of any VOCs on and around properties in Lomita and Torrance.

Below is a map of the plume footprint and locations under investigation for potential pollution:

The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board is the regulatory agency charged with overseeing the Skypark Commercial Properties investigations and clean-up. The City has also engaged Advisian, a Hydrogeology firm, to analyze the scientific data, review past reports produced related to thisr pollution matter and advise our community through the process. Dr. Mark Trudell of Advisian, briefed the City Council and community on the issue during the Council’s consideration of the issue. (View a video of the presentation)

The City of Lomita has two top priorities on the the Skypark Commercial Properties pollution matter: protect our residents and hold the responsible parties accountable for all costs incurred by the City. The City is focused on ensuring a thorough and complete investigation is completed as quickly as possible and that our residents have all of the information they need throughout the process.

Below is a timeline of the investigation, including links to additional resources, beginning with the most recent updates at the top:

  • July 30, 2020: The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board holds a public information meeting (virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions) to update the community on the ongoing environmental investigation associated with the Skypark Commercial Properties (previously referred to as “Hi-Shear Corporation and the EA Properties”). See a PDF of the presentation delivered during the meeting.

  • July 20, 2020: The City of Lomita issues an encroachment permit to Hi-Shear to conduct additional sampling of their 10 wells in Lomita.

  • July 14, 2020 - The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board announces an online Public Information Meeting scheduled for July 30 from 6 - 8 p.m. regarding the ongoing environmental investigation associated with the Skypark Commercial Properties (previously referred to as “Hi-Shear Corporation and the EA Properties”). Details are available in the meeting invitation.

  • June 5, 2020: The City of Lomita issues a press release regarding initial investigation findings and next steps. The City shares its continued commitment to the health and safety of Lomita’s residents and to holding responsible parties accountable for continued testing and cleanup.
  • June 2020: The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board publishes Community Fact Sheet #2, its second fact sheet on the environmental investigation related to the Hi-Shear Corporation Site. The fact sheet addresses initial investigation work by Hi-Shear, outlines the responsible parties, describes the next steps, and announces a public meeting to be held at a future date.
  • January 2020: Hi-Shear completes probe installations; sampling and data collection ongoing.
  • December 5, 2019: The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board hosts a Public Information Open House to answer questions and share information about the ongoing investigation, and the City later issues a press release recapping the event.
  • October 28, 2019: Hi-Shear investigation work begins within public right-of-way in Lomita.
  • October 10, 2019: After receiving all the required documentation from Hi-Shear, the City of Lomita issues the initial encroachment permit to Hi-Shear.
  • September 19, 2019: The City of Lomita and Hi-Shear sign the agreement, and the City later issues a press release announcing the signed agreement.
  • September 13, 2019: The City of Lomita issues a press release correcting errors in a letter the Hi-Shear Corporation sent to Lomita residents.
  • Spring 2019: Per direction from City Council, staff negotiates an agreement with Hi-Shear to expedite the necessary encroachment permits and drafts a letter to the City of Torrance outlining the expectations of Lomita that Hi-Shear or the City of Torrance should be responsible for pollution-related costs.
  • August 20, 2019: The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board publishes a fact sheet and frequently asked questions on the Environmental Investigation at the Hi-Shear Corporation Site.
  • Late 2018: The City of Lomita is informed of the potential pollution.

For additional information on the Hi-Shear site environmental assessment, going back to the early 1990s, residents may visit the State Water Resources Control Board GeoTracker webpage for the Hi-Shear Corporation.

Residents with questions about this matter may contact the City of Lomita Public Works Department at (310) 325-7110. 

This page will continue to be updated as more answers become available or common questions and new information is identified.

Ryan Smoot
City Manager

 

 


 
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