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May 30, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A federal district court judge has rejected a request by Oxnard smelting plant Halaco Engineering that a lawsuit against it be dropped. The plant's lawyer, Arthur Fine, had contended that the Santa Barbara-based ChannelKeeper had no grounds for a suit because no substantial number of its members had suffered injury from the plant. ChannelKeeper filed suit last year, alleging the plant is leaking contaminants at Ormond Beach.
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September 11, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
An Oxnard metal recycler branded by critics as one of Ventura County's worst polluters says it is going out of business, signaling an end to a decades-long environmental feud at its beachfront property. Halaco Engineering Co. intends to sell its south Oxnard factory and use the proceeds to address problems identified by government regulators and environmental watchdogs. Critics point to the massive waste pile that has long been blamed for contaminating nearby wetlands, groundwater and the ocean.
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July 12, 2002 | ELENA GAONA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Removal of contaminated waste at an Oxnard smelting plant has been delayed as plant officials and environmentalists squabble over the best way to begin cleaning up the mess without harming nearby wetlands. Halaco Engineering Co. failed this week to obtain city permission to use a dirt road jointly owned by the Metropolitan Water District and Oxnard's Community Development Commission, an Oxnard business leader said.
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August 14, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
An embattled Oxnard metal recycler that has been under fire by environmentalists and government regulators for years is now facing criminal charges for allegedly releasing noxious fumes in violation of air pollution laws. The charges represent the latest attack on Halaco Engineering Co., a small corporation that filed for bankruptcy protection last year amid state and federal lawsuits alleging that its beachside recycling operations have released toxic materials into the air and water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
An Oxnard metal recycler branded by critics as one of Ventura County's worst polluters says it is going out of business, signaling an end to a decades-long environmental feud at its beachfront property. Halaco Engineering Co. intends to sell its south Oxnard factory and use the proceeds to address problems identified by government regulators and environmental watchdogs. Critics point to the massive waste pile that has long been blamed for contaminating nearby wetlands, groundwater and the ocean.
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April 29, 2001 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City officials welcomed Halaco Engineering to a beach on the community's southern tip 35 years ago. In a city then thirsting for growth, the metal recycler seemed a good fit: The site was a former dump, it was far from where people lived and from potable ground water, and the company would bring dozens of new jobs. Now, however, the factory and the huge slag heap growing next to it are viewed as the biggest environmental thorn in the city's side.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
An embattled Oxnard metal recycler that has been under fire by environmentalists and government regulators for years is now facing criminal charges for allegedly releasing noxious fumes in violation of air pollution laws. The charges represent the latest attack on Halaco Engineering Co., a small corporation that filed for bankruptcy protection last year amid state and federal lawsuits alleging that its beachside recycling operations have released toxic materials into the air and water.
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July 20, 2001 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The attorney for an Oxnard smelting plant has filed suit against the leader of a Santa Barbara environmental group, accusing him and members of his organization of trespassing. It is the latest in a flurry of suits, counterclaims and other actions designed to silence critics of Halaco Engineering, opponents say. "It's an intimidation tactic," said Victoria Clark, an attorney with the Santa Barbara-based Environmental Defense Center. "It's worked for him in the past.
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March 1, 2002
A metal recycler must halt all discharges of a soupy waste that has over 30 years created a 40-foot slag heap on its beachfront property. The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board on Thursday gave Halaco Engineering Inc. nine months to convert to a system that would remove water from the slurry generated by its smelting plant.
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September 16, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Property next to a shuttered Oxnard metal recycling plant, once branded by critics as one of Ventura County's worst polluters, was sold this week to a company that wants to clean up the site for future development. Halaco Engineering Co.'s 26-acre Ormond Beach property was sold for $2.6 million to Texas-based Chickadee Remediation Co., which specializes in cleaning up polluted sites for sale. The property includes a slag pile 40 feet tall in some places.
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July 12, 2002 | ELENA GAONA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Removal of contaminated waste at an Oxnard smelting plant has been delayed as plant officials and environmentalists squabble over the best way to begin cleaning up the mess without harming nearby wetlands. Halaco Engineering Co. failed this week to obtain city permission to use a dirt road jointly owned by the Metropolitan Water District and Oxnard's Community Development Commission, an Oxnard business leader said.
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July 20, 2001 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The attorney for an Oxnard smelting plant has filed suit against the leader of a Santa Barbara environmental group, accusing him and members of his organization of trespassing. It is the latest in a flurry of suits, counterclaims and other actions designed to silence critics of Halaco Engineering, opponents say. "It's an intimidation tactic," said Victoria Clark, an attorney with the Santa Barbara-based Environmental Defense Center. "It's worked for him in the past.
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May 30, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A federal district court judge has rejected a request by Oxnard smelting plant Halaco Engineering that a lawsuit against it be dropped. The plant's lawyer, Arthur Fine, had contended that the Santa Barbara-based ChannelKeeper had no grounds for a suit because no substantial number of its members had suffered injury from the plant. ChannelKeeper filed suit last year, alleging the plant is leaking contaminants at Ormond Beach.
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April 29, 2001 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City officials welcomed Halaco Engineering to a beach on the community's southern tip 35 years ago. In a city then thirsting for growth, the metal recycler seemed a good fit: The site was a former dump, it was far from where people lived and from potable ground water, and the company would bring dozens of new jobs. Now, however, the factory and the huge slag heap growing next to it are viewed as the biggest environmental thorn in the city's side.
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December 1, 1994 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
The Oxnard Planning Commission tonight is scheduled to decide whether to move forward with plans for two developments on opposite ends of the city: the 435-home Village West subdivision near Ormond Beach and a 100-home development in north Oxnard.
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