Posts Tagged ‘Hazardous Waste’

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Dangerous chemicals left on Atascadero school playground

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The object left on the San Gabriel Elementary School playground Friday contained dangerous chemicals, according to an Atascadero Unified School District press release. The elementary school has been closed indefinitely as law enforcement agencies look into multiple threats made late... (Continue reading)

Diesel spill in Santa Barbara County


Dozens of gallons of diesel spilled in Buelton on Friday, possibly flowing into the Santa Ynez River, and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for the culprit. [KSBY] The fuel spilled from a trailer that fire officials say contained... (Continue reading)

Vons to pay for illegal dumping

By KAREN VELIE A judge from Alameda County ordered Safeway, the parent company for six San Luis Obispo County Vons grocery stores, to pay $9.87 million to 42 California counties and two cities for the illegal dumping of chemicals and... (Continue reading)

Truck explodes at Ventura County wastewater plant

A vacuum truck exploded at a Ventura County wastewater treatment plant early Tuesday morning, causing a mysterious chemical to shoot into the air sending 37 people to the hospital. [LA Times] The explosion occurred around 3:45 a.m. while workers were... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo fined for dumping hazardous waste

By KAREN VELIE After first denying the dumping of hazardous chemicals violated the law, the city of San Luis Obispo paid an $8,690 penalty in May for the illegal dumping at the city’s corporate yard. The California Department of Toxic... (Continue reading)

Toxic substance department records point to inaction in chemical cases

By KAREN VELIE Almost two years ago, a San Luis Obispo city employee ordered others to dump chemicals and paints at a city facility. The state’s Department of Toxic Substance Control began an investigation and told witnesses that criminal cases... (Continue reading)

CalCoastNews attorneys file anti-SLAPP motion in libel suit over hazardous waste story

Attorneys for CalCoastNews filed a motion Friday to dismiss a libel suit brought by the head of a hazardous waste management service in Arroyo Grande. Charles Tenborg sued CalCoastNews chief Karen Velie and reporter Daniel Blackburn for publishing an article... (Continue reading)

Hazardous waste chief skirts law

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN A contractor paid more than $400,000 annually by San Luis Obispo County’s Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) illegally transports hazardous wastes and has exposed taxpayers to huge fines by encouraging member public agencies to... (Continue reading)