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Guide to the Stringfellow Hazardous Waste Site collection
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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
44.5 linear feet (4 document boxes; 34 record storage boxes)
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Availability
This collection is open for research.