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ANAHEIM : Gasoline Cleanup Due at Golf Courses

Gasoline that leaked from storage tanks at the city’s two public golf courses has contaminated about 600 tons of earth and will cost up to $75,000 to clean up.

The City Council approved the cleaning expenditures Tuesday after golf course officials said the fuel contamination had spread at the H.G. (Dad) Miller Golf Course in west Anaheim and at the Anaheim Hills Golf Course.

Fire officials said the contamination was confined to maintenance areas and was not thought to be threatening the city’s underground water supply.

Golf course officials said the fuel had accumulated in the maintenance areas over more than a decade, resulting from small drops or leaks from the tanks while workers filled their vehicles. Portions of the ground in both areas were found to be fouled last April after the city removed the aging storage tanks from their underground locations and replaced them with reinforced, above-ground models.

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Janet Donovan, the city’s assistant for golf operations, said that 300 tons of soil would be removed from each site, cleaned and returned to the ground during the cleanup process.


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