Bankrupt Business the Scene of Large Hazmat Clean-up

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A car accessory business that went bankrupt is now the scene of a large hazardous materials clean-up in Yuba City.

Custom Chrome and Bumper opened in 1954 along Garden Highway, after operating for 58 years they closed in 2012, shortly after the owner’s death; leaving behind several large drums and tanks with dangerous chemicals in them.

The company went into bankruptcy last year, and no one claimed responsibility for the property. The site contained potentially explosive material, like acids, cyanides and bases.

The Environmental Protection Agency became aware of the site and the nearby restaurants and homes, and contacted California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control to manage the clean-up process.

In December, crews began removing some of the 55-gallon drums, and on Friday they closed up the site to ensure no public access.

So far, $200,000 in taxpayer money has been spent to clean-up the site. Once the property is certified as being clean, it can be sold as a commercial or industrial piece of property.

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