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DFSP San Pedro Environmental Cleanup

Overall Program Status

Status Sites %
Active IRP 5 50%
Active MMRP 0 0%
Work Complete 5 50% 


Defense Fuel Support Point (DFSP) San Pedro occupies approximately 331 acres in San Pedro, California. The facility is located west of the city of Long Beach and north of the unincorporated community of San Pedro. The facility is bordered by an oil refinery, a cemetery, and residential and commercial properties. DFSP San Pedro became operational in 1943, with the primary mission of storage and distribution of fuels to support military installations and other operations.

Since 1943, portions of the facility have been used as disposal areas for construction/demolition debris, drilling muds, and ship wastes (i.e. scrap metal, paints, solvents, oils, cables, gas masks, drums, and other materials from returning ships at the close of World War II). The materials were disposed of in naturally occurring ravines or drainage areas throughout the facility.

The Installation Restoration Program (IRP) at DFSP San Pedro began in 1989 with a Preliminary Assessment in which eight potential hazardous sites were identified, including disposal sites, an oil spill site and a closed firefighting school. Over the course of further investigations, two additional sites were later added.  Five sites have had cleanup actions completed, and the remaining five IRP sites are in various stages of investigation and cleanup.

DFSP San Pedro is owned by the Navy and is a Special Area assigned to Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. As the landowner, the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Commanding Officer has overall responsibility for environmental compliance and land use. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) assumed operation of DFSP San Pedro as a tenant to the Navy in 1980. The DLA historically managed the receipt, storage, and distribution of diesel and jet fuels for military use. The DLA is also responsible for the cleanup of all petroleum contamination resulting from its operation at DFSP San Pedro since 1980. DLA environmental cleanup activities are not included on this web site. 

In June of 2014, the DLA placed the fuel facility into a temporary closure status. All underground storage tanks (USTs), above ground storage tanks (ASTs), and associated piping were cleaned and isolated and secured.  In addition all underground storage tanks and off-station pipelines have been permanently closed.

Public Documents
Public Documents can be found on the Naval Facilities Engineering Command's San Pedro Administrative Record File.

Individual Site Status

Name  Description Status
Site 6 South Ravine Disposal Area Remedial Investigation
Site 7 Long Beach Naval Complex Long-term Monitoring
Site 31 Central Ravine Remedial Investigation
Site 32 Southeast Ravine Remedial Investigation
Site 33 Tar Seep Area Preliminary Assessment/Site Investigation


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