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Long Beach : Oil Firm Pleads Innocent to Storage of Hazardous Waste

March 12, 1992

A lawyer representing a Signal Hill oil recycling company pleaded innocent this week to charges that the firm illegally stored more than 200,000 gallons of flammable liquid oil waste at an abandoned refinery in Long Beach.

Petroleum Recycling Corp. was charged last month with one felony count of illegally storing hazardous waste and a misdemeanor count of storing hazardous waste without a permit, Deputy Dist. Atty. David Guthman said.

Long Beach Municipal Court Judge Bradford L. Andrews scheduled an April 15 conference to set the date of the preliminary hearing in the case.

Petroleum Recycling Corp. is accused of illegally storing hazardous waste at an abandoned oil refinery, known as Wright Terminals, at 1825 E. Spring St. in Long Beach.

If convicted of the felony count, the company could be fined up to $100,000 for each day in violation. A conviction on the misdemeanor count would add an additional $1,000 fine, Guthman said.

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