On Friday, May 29, 2015, Gomez Trial Attorneys and Baron & Budd filed a class action lawsuit against Ametek, Inc. for contaminating the groundwater beneath Magnolia Elementary School in the Cajon Valley School District. On Monday, June 1, the Cajon Valley School Board voted unanimously to close Magnolia Elementary for the 2015-2016 school year to pursue monitoring and remediation efforts. The lawsuit alleges that underground chlorinated solvent waste has caused vapor intrusion into the classrooms of Magnolia Elementary. The class includes Magnolia students and teachers exposed to the chlorinated solvent vapor intrusion.

They dumped up to 7,000 gallons of chlorinated solvent waste into the ground a month

Between at least 1963 and 1985, Ametek and its predecessor dumped up to 7,000 gallons, per month, of chlorinated solvent waste into a hole in the ground, causing the largest TCE plume in the state of California. The chlorinated solvents include TCE, PCE, DCE, TCA, and Dioxane. Vinyl chloride has also been detected in the classroom air. Vinyl chloride is a highly toxic breakdown product of chemicals such as TCE and PCE. The plumes extends westward 1.3 miles out to Gillespie Field, San Diego’s east county airport.

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If you or someone you know attended or worked at Magnolia Elementary, or lives or works near the area, please contact John Fiske at 619-237-3490 or [email protected].


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