Gov. Jerry Brown has approved a transfer of 528 acres of former McClellan Air Force Base land to McClellan Business Park under a multi-agency agreement that fosters a privatized clean-up of the area.
The deal involves the U.S. Air Force paying nearly $25 million to Sacramento County and McClellan Business Park to do as-yet undone environmental clean-up.
The agreement includes language that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, rather than the Air Force, assume the lead role of determining remaining clean-up decisions for the property in collaboration with state agencies.
The acreage includes industrial facilities, office buildings and vacant land.
"This is another major milestone for the clean-up and redevelopment of McClellan," said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA's regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest.
Officials said privatized clean-up implemented along with redevelopment results in a faster, more-streamlined process.
The 528 acres have contamination from past industrial practices while the base served as a supply and repair depot, from 1936 until it closed in 2001. In 1987, the 3,000-acre installation was added to the EPA's National Priorities List due to contaminants in the soil and groundwater.