Updates & Progress

Fact sheets

Work notices

  • Work Notice: Environmental Cleanup at Former Athens Tank Farm Site (Including Earvin Magic Johnson Park and Clovis Avenue),” September 2013, DTSC/Regional Water Board.
  • Work Notice: Environmental Cleanup at Former Athens Tank Farm Site (Including Earvin Magic Johnson Park and Former Ujima Village),” June 2013, DTSC/Regional Water Board.
  • Work Notice: Upcoming Environmental Investigational Activity,” June 2012, Regional Water Board.
  • Work Notice: Upcoming Environmental Investigational Activity: April-June 2012,” March 2012, Regional Water Board.
  • Work Notice: Upcoming Environmental Investigational Activity,” May 2011, Regional Water Board.
  • Work Notice: Upcoming Environmental Investigational Activity,” October 2011, Regional Water Board.

Public notices

  • Public Notice: Notice of Availability for Public Comment and Notice of Intent to Adopt: Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for Remedial Action Plan – Phase 1 at Former Athens Tank Farm, Willowbrook, County of Los Angeles, California, October 2012, DTSC and Regional Water Board.
  • Public Notice: Notice of 30 Day Public Comment Period on Draft Remedial Action Plan and Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for Former Athens Tank Farm Site in Willowbrook Available for Review and Comment, October 2012, DTSC and Regional Water Board.

Community updates


Lawsuit information

In April 2010, a lawsuit was filed against ExxonMobil, the County of Los Angeles, and other parties with a connection to this Site. ExxonMobil has continually maintained that the claims against it were made without factual basis, and consist of unproven speculation that is inconsistent with documented findings and correspondence from regulatory authorities.

This contention was supported on November 18, 2011 when plaintiffs’ counsel – which has repeatedly failed to provide any credible scientific or medical evidence to support the allegations – was ordered to submit detailed proof to support the claims made against ExxonMobil by January 31, 2012.

Update: April 2012

At a hearing on April 4, 2012 the judge in the case rendered several important decisions

  • The judge ordered all plaintiffs to order copies of their medical records by May 1. Those who fail to do so will have their claims dismissed.
  • A large group of plaintiffs was dismissed with prejudice* for completely failing to respond to the court’s November order requiring certain discovery responses.
  • All claims for punitive damages were dismissed with prejudice against Exxon Mobil.
  • Another group of plaintiffs was dismissed with prejudice for failing to file their lawsuits in a timely manner.
  • The balance of the lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice. Plaintiffs' lawyers were given the opportunity to re-file a fifth amended complaint by May 31.

* "With prejudice" is a legal term meaning the judge has made a final determination on the matter and the plaintiffs cannot
re-file those suits or claims.


What the public should know
Authorities with the State of California have repeatedly stated that Ujima Village residents “were not relocated due to health risks from former Athens Tank Farm operations” and that “there is no evidence to date of an immediate public health concern related to soil and groundwater conditions at the Site.” More information can be found in the Regional Board’s November 2011 update to the community and FAQ.

Based on data from Site investigations, officials with the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) have stated several important conclusions in writing, including:

  • There is no evidence to date of an immediate public health concern related to soil conditions at the Site or in the surrounding neighborhood.
  • Shallow soil and outdoor air data collected to date indicates that there is no health risk to Park users or employees. The Park remains open to the public.
  • The results indicate no potential adverse indoor air quality impacts as a result of petroleum hydrocarbon vapor intrusion.
  • Hexane concentrations in indoor air, outdoor air, crawl space air, and soil vapor have been found to be lower than the health-based screening level calculated using DTSC published methods.
  • Methane levels are also below DTSC screening levels, including at location of the former Honey’s Little Angels Daycare where the County of Los Angeles Fire Department investigated and found no detectable concentration of methane or any other flammable gas or vapor.
  • Environmental conditions at the Site have had no impact on the Site’s drinking or irrigation water.

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Events & public meetings

DTSC regularly holds public meetings to update the community on the progress of the investigation. Please check back for announcements of upcoming meetings.

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