March 29, 1987 |
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified five potential sites in and around the Operating Industries Inc. hazardous waste site for a treatment plant to process thousands of gallons of highly toxic liquid collected daily at the now-closed dump near Montebello.
September 20, 1987 |
Hank Yoshitake can once again see the top of Mt. Wilson from an upstairs window of his home--a view that was obscured for years by a mountain of trash that has begun to settle. "It's still got a long way to go," Yoshitake said. "From my upstairs window, I could see the whole (San Gabriel) range" in the late 1970s. And now Ed Grey's mind is at ease when he invites friends and relatives to his Montebello home. The pungent odors that once fanned out from the nearby Operating Industries Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1991
Richard Kahlenberg's Feb. 14 column in Ventura County Life on gas energy contains misinformation which should be corrected. First, the so-called municipal waste in most landfills cannot be considered "non-hazardous." Much of this waste is contaminated with chlorinated solvents, dry cleaning fluids and other industrial chemicals. These wastes result in toxic emissions that contaminate ground water through landfill leachate and are emitted into the air as toxic contaminants. In particular, landfills are generally regarded as the primary urban source of toxic emissions of vinyl chloride, a known human carcinogen.
November 19, 1987
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this week that it has made the final decision to build a leachate treatment plant for the Operating Industries landfill on property north of the Pomona Freeway. Leachate, created when rainwater and other liquids pass through trash, will be piped from the 135-acre portion of the dump south of the freeway to the treatment plant.
February 12, 1987
The state Department of Health Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a hearing at 7:30 p.m. March 2 at West Covina City Hall on a proposed permit that would allow BKK Corp. to build a leachate treatment plant at its landfill in West Covina. The plant would detoxify leachate, which can be liquid waste or rainwater that has picked up contaminants by passing through waste or liquid that was created from waste decomposition.
July 13, 1986 |
Three years ago, the 583-acre BKK landfill in West Covina was one of the nation's busiest toxic waste dumps, a money machine for its owners and the city of West Covina, grossing $23 million in one year and paying $2.3 million in city taxes. BKK Corp. was reaping the financial rewards of running the only toxic dump between the Mexican border and Casmalia, north of Santa Barbara. Waste poured in from 6,000 industries ranging from dry cleaning shops to chemical plants to oil refineries.