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Top Pollution Penalties

April 06, 1990|Clipboard researched by Kathie Bozanich, Elena Brunet, Dallas M. Jackson and Janice L. Jones / Los Angeles Times; Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

Following is a list of the top 20 penalties issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District against Orange County-based firms through civil actions or mutual settlement agreements during the year 1989. Company: Ford Aerospace Ford Road, Newport Beach and 17462 Von Karman Ave., Irvine Penalty: $250,000 Violation: December settlement. Operating paint spray booths and coating equipment contrary to permit conditions in December, 1988; exceeding limits of hydrocarbon emissions, and failing to keep emission records on numerous dates in 1987 and 1988 (defense contractor). Company: Hamilton Fixtures West 542 W. Lambert Road, Brea Penalty: $60,000 Violation: December settlement. Exceeding limits of paint spray operations on 98 days between April and August, 1988 (wood fixtures manufacturer). Company: Ascon Properties Inc. 21641 Magnolia St., Huntington Beach Penalty: $25,000 Violation: May settlement. Violation notice served for failing to control odors from an open landfill pit in September, 1987 (owner of hazardous waste disposal site). Company: Blair Paving Inc. 4226 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Penalty: $25,000 Violation: January settlement. Operating a concrete batch plant without a permit and allowing visible emissions of concrete dust at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro in June, 1988 (paving contractor). Company: Advanced Ground Systems Engineering Corp. 1265 N. Kramer Blvd., Anaheim Penalty: $9,500 Violation: February settlement. Excess hydrocarbon emissions from paint spray equipment in October, 1987 (engineering firm). Company: Nelco Products Inc. 1107 Kimberly Ave., Anaheim Penalty: $7,500 Violation: October settlement. Failing to vent mixing tanks to air pollution control units as required in its permit in March, 1988 (manufacturer of fiberglass copper laminates used in circuit boards). Company: Micrometals Inc. 119 N. Hawk Circle, Anaheim Penalty: $5,500 Violation: January settlement. Failing to keep adequate records of solvent use and exceeding limits of hydrocarbon emissions in 1984 and 1987 (electrical equipment manufacturer). Company: G & M Oil Inc. 2120 Main St., Huntington Beach Penalty: $5,450 Violation: May settlement. Failing to maintain vapor recovery systems on its gasoline equipment at its Banning and Seal Beach facilities (service station franchise). Company: Orange County Sanitation District 10844 Ellis Ave., Fountain Valley Penalty: $5,000 Violation: June settlement. Burning sulfur compounds in excess of district limits in a sewage treatment cleaning bed on numerous dates between September, 1983 and February, 1986 (sewage treatment agency). Company: Midwest Coatings Inc. 570 W. Freedom Ave., Orange Penalty: $5,000 Violation: December settlement. Selling containers of paint thinner without printing information on hydrocarbon content on the labels in December, 1988 (coatings manufacturer). Company: Mission Custom Shutters 1401 E. St. Andrews Place, Santa Ana Penalty: $5,000 Violation: July settlement. Allowing paint fumes from a paint spray booth to enter neighboring property on several occasions dating back to August, 1987 (window shutter manufacturer). Company: Industrial Asphalt Inc. 31511 Ortega Highway San Juan Capistrano

Penalty: $5,000 Violation: August settlement. Exceeding limits of particulate emissions in February, 1988 (asphalt batch plant). Company: All-Bann Enterprises Inc. 2727 Colorado St., Anaheim Penalty: $4,200 Violation: February settlement. Failing to properly maintain vapor recovery systems on gasoline dispensing equipment in September, 1988 (military supply manufacturer). Company: Ciba-Geigy Corp. 5115 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Penalty: $3,500 Violation: May settlement. Exceeding limits of hydrocarbon emissions from a paint spray booth in February, 1989 (aerospace materials manufacturer).

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