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Meeting set to update community on cleanup plans for massive toxic waste site in Ventura County

Glenn Forman
The Halaco Engineering Company site in Oxnard as seen from the air before initial cleanup efforts were undertaken.

Former Halaco Engineering Company property in Oxnard has toxic metals and radioactive waste on site.

The South Coast is home to a massive, yet largely forgotten toxic waste site. Thursday night, a public meeting will take place in Oxnard to update the community on cleanup planning.

For nearly four decades, Halaco Engineering operated a metal recycling facility on about 40 acres of land near Oxnard’s Ormond Beach. The facility was closed in 2004, but it left behind mountains of toxic waste, and low level radioactive materials. The site is on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund Site Cleanup list.

The EPA moved to stabilize the site, completing work in 2015 to keep toxic storm runoff from flowing off the property. But, the federal agency is still looking at long-term cleanup efforts

EPA officials will be in Oxnard to talk about what’s next in cleanup efforts.

The community meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., at the South Oxnard Senior Center, on Bard Road.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.