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December 16, 1988
Warning of the potential for a "terrible disaster," Torrance City Councilman Dan Walker has launched an initiative campaign to severely restrict use of a toxic chemical at the Mobil Oil refinery. Walker filed a formal notice of intent to circulate a petition that would ban the storage of more than 250 gallons of hydrofluoric acid at any site in Torrance.
August 11, 2012 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
The explosions came one after another, jolting a South Los Angeles neighborhood. "It felt like an earthquake, and then it was just raining fire," recalled Richard Gomez, who watched a metal recycling facility on Slauson Avenue erupt in flames one day in June 2010. A worker at the United Alloys plant was critically injured in the blaze, which started in a machine that ground titanium into highly flammable flakes. Gomez, who worked at a catering business nearby, said two of his co-workers suffered minor burns when their clothes caught fire.
October 2, 1992
Here is information provided to your writer but unused in his Sept. 21 article about the hazards of gasoline tankers: -- Since 1988, new Arco tankers have been built with a lower center of gravity, super single tires and wide-track axles. Since 1985, Arco has experienced only one rollover accident where vehicle stability was at issue. -- Arco tankers feature product compartments with extra baffling to prevent gasoline "sloshing" when braking. This helps keep truck and trailer in balance.
August 25, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
A toxic waste dump near a San Joaquin Valley community plagued by birth defects has agreed to pay $400,000 in fines and spend $600,000 on laboratory upgrades needed to properly manage hazardous materials at the facility, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday. The penalties were part of a consent decree that capped an 18-month investigation by the EPA and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control into the Chemical Waste Management landfill about 3 1/2 miles southwest of Kettleman City, a community of 1,500 mostly low-income Latino farmworkers.
January 12, 1994 | TINA DAUNT
Ventura County supervisors Tuesday agreed to move forward with plans to streamline the county's hazardous waste and materials inspections. Currently, the county's Resource Management Agency and Fire Department both search for code violations at businesses that deal with hazardous materials. But under a plan unanimously adopted by supervisors, the Resource Management Agency would be responsible for the inspections, ending the Fire Department's duplicate efforts.
April 12, 1987
At the request of Councilman Archie Snow, the Redondo Beach City Council has authorized a survey of all commercial sites that may have hazardous substances. The survey will be conducted by city personnel of properties such as service stations, automotive repair shops, dry cleaning facilities and oil well sites. The information will enable the city to develop an ongoing program to identify, inspect and monitor such sites for the public welfare, Snow said.
August 7, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
The city of Los Angeles Hazmobile, a mobile toxic cleanup unit, will be available to residents in the Van Nuys area Thursday through Saturday. The Hazmobile is free to Los Angeles residents and is equipped to dispose of paints, household cleaners, pesticides, insecticides, batteries, medications and car fluids, including oil and gasoline. The Bureau of Sanitation, which first introduced the Hazmobile in February 1994, operates the unit on an appointment-only basis.
July 28, 2011 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
More than 250 homes in the Antelope Valley were evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a large Union Pacific freight train derailed. No injuries were reported. Union Pacific officials said the 68-car train was heading south to Colton when it derailed near Littlerock, southeast of Palmdale, about 1:25 p.m. At least 21 cars derailed. Officials remained on the scene investigating the cause of the accident late Wednesday. Los Angeles County fire officials said 14 of the derailed cars were tankers that often carry hazardous materials or liquid.
December 12, 2010 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
San Diego County officials said Saturday that they had successfully removed all explosives and hazardous materials from the site of the Escondido-area home labeled a "bomb factory," which authorities burned to the ground last week. Using backhoes and other equipment, emergency crews "scoured the site," said Mark McPherson, chief of the county Department of Environmental Health's Land and Water Quality Division. "There is nothing left on the site that we have any concerns about," McPherson said.
November 27, 2010 | By Jordan Steffen, Tribune Washington Bureau
A shipment of radioactive rods that went missing Thanksgiving Day was found Friday in Tennessee by the shipping company FedEx. Though the materials, used for medical equipment, posed little threat to the public, the misplaced shipment underscores the need to track low-hazard materials that could be used in small-scale terrorist attacks, experts say. The rods, used to calibrate quality control in CT scans, contain little energy and a low...
August 18, 2007 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
Home Depot agreed Friday to pay nearly $10 million to settle a civil case filed by state and Los Angeles County prosecutors over the retailer's failure to properly store and transport hazardous sludge. The case stems from the explosion of a 55-gallon drum at Home Depot's Marina del Rey store in 2004 that caused a fire and forced the evacuation of customers and employees. Investigators discovered that chemicals were mixed together into an explosive brew. State Atty. Gen.
May 26, 2007 | Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writer
The trucking company whose gasoline tanker exploded last month, crippling a busy Bay Area freeway interchange, saw its hazardous-materials transportation license suspended Friday, just hours after the last damaged portion of the MacArthur Maze reopened. The California Highway Patrol suspended Sabek Transportation's license because of safety and hazardous-materials violations discovered during a recent inspection of the company's Salinas Valley terminal, said CHP spokeswoman Fran Clader.
December 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The Berkeley City Council approved the nation's only local nanotechnology regulations, another first for the city famous for taking the lead banning Styrofoam containers, desegregating public schools and divesting public funds from South Africa. The council on Tuesday decided to amend its hazardous materials law to include nano-sized particles -- some as small as one-millionth the width of the head of a pin. The change takes effect Friday.
December 21, 2005 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles is conducting a criminal investigation into Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s handling of merchandise classified as hazardous waste. The world's largest retailer said in a regulatory filing that prosecutors were probing potential violations of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, which regulates the transportation, handling and disposal of waste.
August 11, 2005 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The Riverside County Flood Control District was fined $100,000 and agreed to tighten internal procedures Wednesday after positioning large oil drums along the Santa Ana River to thwart trespassers. The district and one of its employees were sued by district attorneys in Riverside and San Bernardino counties after a 2003 discovery of 14 large steel barrels stacked atop a Santa Ana River levee in Colton. The 2004 suit alleged illegal transportation and disposal of hazardous waste.
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