SOUTH GATE — An industrial area under consideration as a site for a high school would be safe for students if the Los Angeles Unified School District cleaned up ground contamination at a cost of $2 million and purchased two of the adjoining businesses that pose a health threat, according to a recent environmental report.
The 33 1/2-acre site in an industrial area of South Gate east of Atlantic Avenue would be a viable area for a school if the district bought Falcon Machine, a manufacturer of food processing machinery, and Universal Cast Iron Manufacturing Co., a foundry, ICF Technology of Universal City concluded in a report made last month.
Toxic emissions from the foundry and solvents containing the chemical trichloroethylene used by the machine company would be unhealthy to schoolchildren, the report concluded.
It would cost the district about $2 million to excavate and remove contaminated soil from the site, according to the report. It would also cost the district about $100,000 to remove underground storage tanks at the machine company.