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January 6, 1992 | From Associated Press
Property owners Sunday found their summer havens swept off foundations and boats in splinters, and the Coast Guard searched for five cargo containers loaded with arsenic that were lost at sea between New York City and Baltimore during the weekend's violent coastal storm. "The mobile homes came right off their foundations. They were floating. Boats are up in the woods. It looks like a tornado hit the place," said Lois Ruby, who was in her mobile home near Ocean City when the storm hit Saturday.
A new study by an EPA advisory panel appears to undermine one of the Bush administration's primary reasons for revoking a tough new standard for arsenic levels in drinking water. The panel, in a report released Thursday, concluded that the Clinton administration did a "credible job" of computing the costs to water systems when it ordered that arsenic in drinking water be reduced 80%.
Deep in the mountains of Kyushu, a small group of elderly villagers huddled around a kerosene stove last month to talk about their long battle with arsenic, bureaucracy and the courts--in their view, three equally virulent strains of poison. Their experiences tell a sorry tale about the state of justice in Japan today. Forty-one villagers filed suit against Sumitomo Metal Mining Co.
December 15, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
One by one, hour after hour Saturday in a ballroom at Cal State Los Angeles, residents, elected officials and activists from southeast Los Angeles pleaded with an air district hearing board to shut down a Vernon battery recycler accused of endangering hundreds of thousands of people because of unsafe arsenic and lead emissions. "I'm a mother, asking you, please, do something," said Sandra Martinez. "I go days without sleeping, worrying about my child dying in his sleep from asthma.
January 10, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
After an emotional hearing that had residents of southeast Los Angeles County talking about family members who have died of cancer, air quality officials voted unanimously Friday to adopt strict new rules on emissions of arsenic, benzene and other toxic chemicals from lead-acid battery facilities. The rules, which will go into effect next month, apply to Exide Technologies in Vernon and Quemetco in the city of Industry - the only two battery recyclers west of the Rocky Mountains.
May 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A 78-year-old parishioner who died after drinking arsenic-laced coffee at a church gathering was deliberately killed, state police said. Police spokesman Steve McCausland said the arsenic that killed Walter Morrill and left more than a dozen others sick was in the coffee they all drank at a Lutheran church in New Sweden, about 300 miles north of Portland.
July 18, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Officials Tuesday reopened a Hawaiian Gardens water well that had been closed for eight years because of the presence of manganese and arsenic. The Juan Well Arsenic Water Treatment Facility was dedicated by the Hawaiian Gardens City Council and representatives from the Southern California Water Co. and Central Basin Municipal Water District.
April 22, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The beleaguered operator of a Vernon battery-recycling plant announced the temporary layoffs of nearly all of its employees Monday, weeks after air-quality regulators shut down its operations over air pollution concerns. Exide Technologies said in a statement that it had issued notices to 104 hourly employees and 20 managers at the facility that they could be laid off within 60 days. The plant, which has been a source of community outrage since regulators announced last year that its arsenic emissions posed a danger to more than 100,000 people, has been idle since last month.
January 2, 2009
Re "Drink up -- assuming you like arsenic, that is," Dec. 29 Poisoning prisoners with drinking water laden with arsenic is unconscionable, inhumane and, considering the potential deferred health costs and civil liability, economic suicide for the state. Worse perhaps is selective poisoning by gender. At the California Institution for Women in Chino, the state spends $480,000 a year for bottled water, while at the nearby California Institution for Men, inmates drink contaminated water.
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