The Pine Cove underground storage tank project, which the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health has been monitoring since 1994, has officially been closed, according to a June 25 letter from the department to Howard Friedman of Santee.
The site was located at the Pine Cove Market, which Friedman formerly owned. The case was initiated under his ownership.
The letter “confirms the completion of a site investigation and corrective action for the underground storage tanks,” wrote Steve Van Stockum, director of Environmental Health.
Friedman’s actions complied with the appropriate sections of the state’s Health and Safety Code, consequently, “... no further action related to the petroleum release at the site is required.”
In May, the seven monitoring wells at the site were closed and removed.