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Top Air Pollution Penalties

July 25, 1989

The information for this listing was unavailable for several months.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has responsibility to control air pollution in the area. It has the power to seek court-imposed fines against polluters of from $25 to $25,000 a day based on such factors as the extent that emissions exceed legal limits, the potential danger to the public, whether the violation was intentional, accidental or due to negligence and the company's history of violations. These are the 10 highest penalties paid in April: COMPANY:Bundy Industries West Inc. South Gate TYPE OF BUSINESS: Baking industry supplier PENALTY: $10,000 VIOLATION: Excessive hydrocarbons from using metal paints COMPANY: Al's Plating Co. Los Angeles TYPE OF BUSINESS: Metal plater PENALTY: $5,000 VIOLATION: Excessive hydrocarbons from spray painting operation COMPANY: M.G. Disposal Systems Fullerton TYPE OF BUSINESS: Refuse disposal firm PENALTY: $3,500 VIOLATION: Exceeding daily paint usage limits COMPANY: Pioneer Roofing Tile Inc. Fontana TYPE OF BUSINESS: Roofing tile firm PENALTY: $3,000 VIOLATION: Failure to obtain a permit to operate COMPANY: L.A. Parkerizing Co. Los Angeles TYPE OF BUSINESS: Metal painting firm PENALTY: $2,500 VIOLATION: Excessive hydrocarbons COMPANY: Orange County Sanitation District Huntington Beach TYPE OF BUSINESS: Governmental refuse disposal agency PENALTY: $2,100 VIOLATION: Operating contrary to permit conditions COMPANY: Ethan Allen Inc., fine arts division Chino TYPE OF BUSINESS: Antique retailer PENALTY: $1,600 VIOLATION: Operating spray painting equipment contrary to permit conditions COMPANY: Buckner Wilson Fabricators Inc. Lancaster TYPE OF BUSINESS: Metal fabricating firm PENALTY: $1,500 VIOLATION: Excessive hydrocarbons from spray painting equipment COMPANY: Consolidated Fabricators Corp. Sun Valley TYPE OF BUSINESS: Rubbish container manufacturer PENALTY: $1,500 VIOLATION: Operating spray painting equipment contrary to permit conditions COMPANY: Union Pacific Resources Co. Wilmington TYPE OF BUSINESS: Oil refinery PENALTY: $1,400 VIOLATION: Venting vapor and fumes into the atmosphere

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