In a report recently released by the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council, 56 county firms were listed among the top 3,014 companies in the nation using three chemicals known to deplete the Earth's ozone layer. The companies were ranked on a weighted basis according to how much of each of the three chemicals--methyl chloroform, carbon tetrachloride and a chlorofluorocarbon known as CFC-113--they use. The report was based on federal government figures derived from the companies' own reports under the federal "right to know" law. Companies were required to begin reporting the information in 1987, and, in most instances, those are the most recent numbers available. Below is a list of how all the county companies ranked and the thousands of pounds of the chemicals in question for the years 1987 and, in some cases, 1988. The higher the ranking, the more dangerous the company's emissions, according to NRDC. There are no numbers available for carbon tetrachloride for either year.
METHYL CHLOROFORM CFC-113 City Facility 1987 1987 Irvine Bentley Laboratories, Inc. 350,436 356,535 Irvine Xidex Data Disc * 255,000 Anaheim Rockwell International * + 210,000 Costa Mesa CIMCO * 102,000 Huntington Beach McDonnell Douglas 313,000 20,200 Astronautics Costa Mesa Mallinckrodt Critical Care * 63,760 Newport Beach Ford Aerospace Corp. 88,356 35,000 Irvine Edwards Divisions * 43,832 Anaheim Anaheim Manufacturing 171,065 * Newport Beach Hughes Aircraft Co. 15,469 27,752 Fullerton Hughes Aircraft Co. 46,900 20,900 Fullerton Scientific Spray Finishes 106,178 * Brea Kirkhill Rubber Co. 105,319 * Anaheim Rodan, division * 15,100 of Ametek, Inc. Orange Babcock, Inc. * 14,500 Tustin Steelcase, Inc. 76,700 * Santa Ana Fenwal Automated Systems * 12,000 Anaheim Taylor-Dunn Manufacturing 56,000 * Huntington Beach Weiser Lock Co. 55,000 * Santa Ana Newport Electronics, Inc. * 10,306 Irvine Kaiser Electroprecision 50,591 * Costa Mesa Trans-Com Systems 37,769 * Brea Sundstrand-Aviation * 6,682 Operations Buena Park Mead Packaging Division 33,525 * Los Alamitos Arrowhead Products 5,994 4,914 Anaheim All-Bann Enterprises, Inc. 31,616 * Fountain Valley Newport Corporation 28,000 * Costa Mesa Canon Business 27,436 * Machines, Inc. La Palma Greif Brothers Corp. 26,688 * Anaheim Admiral Aluminum 24,910 * Brea NI Industries, Inc. 23,077 * Stanton All Metals Processing 21,150 * Anaheim Aeroscientific Corp. 20,000 * Costa Mesa Eaton Corporation 19,000 * Aerospace Fullerton EDO Corporation ++ 17,670 * Garden Grove Specialty 16,410 * Packaging Co., Inc. Anaheim W. C. Richards Co. 15,825 * Fullerton Kimberly-Clark Co. 15,000 * Orange Thermco Systems, Inc. 13,500 * Fullerton Keyes Fibre Co. 13,000 * Santa Ana SPS Technologies, Inc. 12,912 * Irvine Calsonic Climate Control ** 12,500 ** * Anaheim ZAC Industries 12,200 * Santa Ana Ricoh Electronics, Inc. 9,900 * Anaheim J & H Deburring Inc. 9,193 * Santa Ana Microsemi Corp. 9,000 * Anaheim Thermech Engineering Co. 8,000 * Anaheim MagneTek ALS 7,800 * Anaheim Fluorocarbon Co. 7,000 * Anaheim NA&T Quality Spray Painting 5,105 * Brea Bristol Industries 4,745 * Placentia The Hartwell Corporation 4,488 * Anaheim Weller-White Chemical, Inc. 3,200 * Irvine Hughes Aircraft Co. 2,662 * Irvine Tapmatic Corp. +++ 2,400 * Brea Reliance Universal, Inc. 2,124 *