CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2010 |
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that it plans to investigate a cluster of facial birth defects and other health issues among migrant farm workers in the impoverished California enclave of Kettleman City as part of the Obama administration's pledge to shift the agency's attention toward issues of environmental justice. Residents suspect the facial deformities are linked to a nearby toxic waste dump. The dump is set to be expanded to accommodate waste from large population centers, including Los Angeles, and residents have filed a lawsuit against the Kings County Board of Supervisors challenging its approval of the expansion.
February 24, 1991 |
Marylou Mares and Joe Maya are unlikely political allies. Mares is a farm worker who spends up to 10 hours a day in the fields transplanting tomatoes and chopping lettuce. Maya is a grower, a prominent businessman and political leader in the southern San Joaquin Valley. They work together now because, despite their differences, both oppose a commercial toxic waste incinerator proposed for Kettleman City. The facility would be the first of its kind in California.
January 1, 1992 |
In a ruling that could indefinitely delay construction of the state's largest commercial hazardous-waste incinerator, a Superior Court judge here overturned local approval of the project, citing its impact on air quality and agriculture. Chemical Waste Management Inc.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2010 |
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched an internal investigation into its permitting and oversight in a San Joaquin Valley farming community dominated by a hazardous-waste facility, agricultural pesticide spraying and truck exhaust that may be contributing to health problems including severe birth defects. EPA regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld said the internal investigation would run concurrently with a broader inquiry in which state and local agencies will examine health and environmental issues facing Kettleman City, a town of 1,500 mostly poor, Spanish-speaking farmworkers.