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August 21, 2000 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first time Roy Parrino held his breath and was lowered into a dark, dank sewer line, he emerged with a two-carat topaz ring, which his wife wears to this day. But as a sewage maintenance worker who helps care for the labyrinth of waste-laden pipes beneath Orange County, discoveries of unexpected jewelry are the only glamorous perks in Parrino's career. Otherwise, it's a thankless job.
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April 5, 2004 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
A longtime Placentia councilman who also serves as an Orange County Sanitation District board member apparently broke state law when he accepted a $1,000 campaign donation from an engineering company just days after voting to approve a new contract and a contract increase for the company. Campaign finance documents further show that Councilman Norman Z.
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November 9, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As farming counties start shutting the doors to Orange County's exported sewage sludge, local planners are counting on making the solid gunk from the county's waste water cleaner--a process expected to carry an eight-figure price tag. But just in case, they're keeping open the option of just shipping the stuff to Arizona.
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January 30, 2004 | Tom Gorman, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Sanitation District is studying how much water runoff from lawns and streets can be treated before it ends up in the Santa Ana River and ocean. The challenge, sanitation district officials say, is processing additional runoff without jeopardizing its primary mission of treating raw sewage. The district processes about 2 million gallons of runoff daily during the dry season but can treat about 10 million gallons a day, General Manager Blake Anderson said.
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August 30, 1985
Griffith Is Sanitation Chairman: Buena Park Mayor Pro Tem Don Griffin recently was selected as joint chairman of the Orange County Sanitation Districts for 1985-86. Griffin replaces Tustin Councilman Richard Edgar as joint chairman of the eight sanitation districts, which provide wastewater collection, treatment and disposal services for about 1.8 million people in all or part of 23 cities. Orange City Councilman Don Smith was selected as the new vice joint chairman.
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May 28, 1995
Regarding "Beach Water Pollution Tests May Resume," May 15: The announcement that the Orange County Environmental Management Agency, in conjunction with the Orange County Health Care Agency will resume a weekly ocean water-quality monitoring program that was discontinued because of the bankruptcy is good news for all of us that use our beautiful beaches. However, the Surfrider Foundation's comments describing their members' "frustration and disgust" (about the water testing program being discontinued)
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April 16, 1992 | LEN HALL
Traffic will be slowed in sections of Anaheim and Tustin starting today because of sewer projects by the Orange County Sanitation Districts. The intersection of Orangewood Avenue and State College Boulevard in Anaheim will be reduced to one traffic lane in each direction today through April 26 due to the installation of a 48-inch sewer trunk line.
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July 14, 1994
A government whistle-blower sued the Orange County Sanitation Districts and several top executives Wednesday, accusing them of engaging in retaliatory discipline and defamation. Louis Sangermano, the sanitation agency's laboratory manager, charged that officials have repeatedly refused to allow him to return from a medical leave, even though his personal doctor has cleared him of any medical problems.
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July 3, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Operators of Orange County's largest sewer system adopted a compromise Wednesday that will hike rates 15% next year and require any further increases to be evaluated and approved by the agency's leadership on a year-to-year basis. The deal was reached by the Orange County Sanitation District board of directors after a proposal to double sewer fees over the next five years fell short of the necessary two-thirds majority by a single vote.
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October 1, 2002
Gov. Gray Davis has signed a bill that exempts the Orange County Sanitation District from fines as long as it acts in good faith to upgrade sewage treatment by 2013. The district holds a federal waiver from the Clean Water Act that allows it to discharge dirtier sewage than nearly all other sewage plants in the nation. Earlier this year, the district's board of directors voted not to seek renewal of the waiver, which expires next year, and to instead upgrade to full secondary treatment.
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September 27, 2002 | JEAN O. PASCO and SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Orange County Sanitation District is considering a controversial legal strategy aimed at protecting the agency against lawsuits as it moves to fully treat sewage dumped into the ocean. Under the plan, discussed by the district board Wednesday night, the Environmental Protection Agency would preemptively file suit against the district, alleging violation of federal clean water laws.
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July 19, 2002 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the wake of a historic decision to begin more intensive treatment of local waste water, engineers at the Orange County Sanitation District began working in earnest Thursday on plans for two facilities estimated to cost $270 million and take as long as 11 years to build.
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July 18, 2002 | SEEMA MEHTA and JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
By one vote, the Orange County Sanitation District late Wednesday opted to abandon a federal waiver that allows it to release into the ocean dirtier sewage than nearly all of the nation's 16,000 other sewer agencies. In doing so, the district agreed to comply with the requirements of the federal Clean Water Act.
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July 11, 2002 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Supervisor Jim Silva wants his colleagues next week to urge the Orange County Sanitation District to fully treat the waste water it dumps into the Pacific Ocean. Silva's decision comes amid mounting pressure against renewal of a federal waiver that allows the sanitation district to dump 243 million gallons of partially treated waste into the ocean per day. The sanitation district's five-year waiver is up next year.
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July 25, 1997 | JODI WILGOREN
The chief administrative officer of the Orange County Sanitation Districts is leaving to head Los Angeles' Bureau of Sanitation. Judith Wilson, who helped draft state legislation to streamline Orange County's nine sanitation districts into one, has been in her current post since 1995. The agency has 624 employees and an annual budget of more than $147 million.
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June 20, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
City Councilwoman Patricia A. McGuigan will stay on the Orange County Sanitation Districts Board despite an effort by two colleagues to remove her because she supported sewer fee hikes. The City Council this week voted 5 to 2 against unseating McGuigan as the city's representative on the board. Councilmen Ted R. Moreno and Tony Espinosa initiated the vote to replace McGuigan on the board, saying she should have opposed the recently approved fee increases.
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June 10, 2002 | STANLEY ALLISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years, the Orange County Sanitation District has used treated sludge from waste water to fertilize Central Valley farmland the agency owns. But Kings County, an agricultural region south of Fresno, recently blocked that option by adopting an ordinance banning the use of certain types of such "biosolids" as fertilizer, citing health concerns. Now the sanitation district has gone to court to get the ban lifted. District officials said the "Class B" treated sludge used by the district is safe.
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