The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it had secured nearly$3 billion in environmental improvements in California in 2005.Of that, the San Gabriel Valley received $50 million, or 1.6 percent.“We’re always glad to see money coming to clean up the groundwater and to ensure the safety of our drinking water,” said Jeff Yann, chair of the Sierra Club’s San Gabriel River campaign.At the same time, he said, $50 million will not be enough for the entire cleanup, which could take a very long time.“There’s still a lot of contamination. There’s still the potential of leaching of contaminants,” Yann said.The $3 billion in improvements in the 2005 fiscal year is a huge increase from last year, when the EPA secured $63 million statewide. Further, the EPA took 265 enforcement actions against businesses and government organizations for various violations, including a $2 billion agreement with the cityof Los Angeles to rebuild488 miles of sewer lines and clean 2,800 miles of sewers annually.The $50 million in the San Gabriel Valley came from multiple settlements to remove groundwater contaminants in Industry and Baldwin Park.For the Puente Valley Operable Superfund Site, 13 companies agreed this year to pay $34.6 million in cleanup costs. The contaminated water in Industry and portions of La Puente and Walnut contain high levels of volatile organic compounds used for degreasing and cleaning metal.“This is the most significant year for the site in terms of getting the settlements,” said Dustin Minor, an attorney with the EPA.So far, $21 million has been spent in the cleanup effort, according to Minor. The EPA anticipates settlements with more companies next year or later this year, Minor said.Relatively few parties are not cooperating, he added. [email protected], Ext. 2513 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!