Which chairs will be used to clean the lawn?
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that it is considering the use of lawn chairs to clean up a large, vacant lot in the southern California city of Stockton.
The agency said it’s in the process of examining whether to purchase a new batch of the lawn chairs.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said she expects to be ready to announce that decision by the end of the year.
McCarthy told reporters at a news conference that it will be a difficult decision, given the amount of waste left in the lot.
She said she is also reviewing a previous EPA decision to purchase new lawn chairs, and that her office will also look at whether to make the purchase.
The EPA says the large lot is the result of a major water quality improvement project in a town of about 8,500 people.
The Agency has said it has been concerned about the grass growing on the lot for years, but officials have not disclosed how long the problem has been lingering.
McCarthy said the EPA will consider the cost of the new chairs and will make a decision in December on whether to buy the new batch.
“There’s going to be a lot of conversations going on in the office about this,” McCarthy said.
The amount of grass is not known.
The town is about two hours away from Stockton, which is in the California foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The district that includes Stockton is a rural area in Southern California, with about 2,000 residents.
EPA officials said they have been working with the town and local officials to resolve the issue.
EPA and local governments in Southern, Southern California and San Diego counties are all participating in the cleanup effort.
McCarthy’s comments came just before she met with local officials in Stockton and the county’s water and air quality division, which oversees water quality issues.
McCarthy was on a two-day visit to Southern California as part of a six-day tour of the region.
She met with communities in Santa Clarita, Torrance, Stockton; and Stockton’s downtown area.
The environmental agency is asking residents to call the local EPA office at (800) 424-3950 for more information.
EPA says it will continue to collect and analyze information about the condition of the lot and the size of the remaining lawns.
It said the agency will be meeting with residents, water managers and others in the area to continue to address this issue.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that it is considering the use of lawn chairs to clean up a…