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March 16, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Employing a large mechanical hoe, workers Thursday began digging up radioactive soil along a stretch of Ormond Beach wetlands in Oxnard. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overseeing the weeklong effort to remove 5,000 cubic yards of soil tainted with the metal thorium, generated by a shuttered metal recycling plant nearby. Prolonged exposure to the metal or inhalation of thorium dust can increase the risk of bone, lung or pancreatic cancer.
March 8, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Concerned about the extent of pollution at the beachfront property, federal officials announced Wednesday that they have taken steps to add a shuttered Oxnard metal recycling plant and a massive waste pile on surrounding property to a list of Superfund sites. "We found that there were levels of metals and radioactive materials here that were posing a threat to human health and the environment," said Pete Guria, chief of the Environmental Protection Agency's regional emergency response section.
February 8, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Frustrated that the new owner of contaminated beachfront property in Oxnard is moving too slowly with cleanup plans, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun its own emergency stabilization of a massive waste pile next to sensitive wetlands. The 43-acre Ormond Beach property, once controlled by metal recycler Halaco Engineering Co., was purchased and leased last September by Chickadee Remediation Co. The firm intends to restore the property for residential development.
January 27, 2007 | Gary Polakovic, Times Staff Writer
As debate rages over two proposed liquefied natural gas terminals off the Oxnard coast, Southern California Edison has announced plans to build a third power station in this seaside city to help prevent blackouts during peak summer demand. The 45-megawatt generator would be in place by August at Mandalay Bay near two bigger power plants, officials said. It would provide enough power for 29,250 households, much of that for use in Ventura County.
January 13, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
For years, the Wagon Wheel Restaurant and Motel stood as a roadside landmark in Ventura County. Its western facade and neon sign depicting a whip-cracking wagon driver were a throwback to 1950s-era California. The property was part of a strip of businesses near California Highway 1 that were a favorite stop for families, tourists and an occasional movie star on trips to Santa Barbara.
December 13, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The family of a woman killed when an Oxnard police beach patrol vehicle ran over her as she was sunbathing has filed a $10-million negligence lawsuit against the city. The civil suit, filed Monday in Ventura County Superior Court, accuses the city and its police force of seven counts of negligence in the death of Cindy Conolly of Sioux City, Iowa.
December 9, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Part of a badly decomposed body was discovered early Friday off Hollywood Beach near Oxnard, authorities said. The portion of torso from just above the waist to the lower legs had been in the water so long that the gender is uncertain, said Capt. Ron Nelson of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. Craig Stevens, a senior deputy medical examiner, said it could take months to identify the body.
December 8, 2006 | Marla Cone, Jerry Hirsch and Gary Polakovic, Times Staff Writers
Green onions suspected of sickening Taco Bell customers in six states have been traced to one of Ventura County's largest vegetable growers, but authorities said Thursday it was too early to blame anyone for the outbreak. Taco Bell Corp. voluntarily removed green onions from its restaurants Wednesday after discovering that the "vast majority" of at least 58 people who suffered E.
November 28, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
An Oxnard cheerleading coach pleaded guilty Monday to providing a 16-year-old student with the drug Ecstasy and engaging in oral sex with the girl. Jonathon Rios, 27, pleaded guilty to two of the four felony counts he originally faced after his arrest in October. The Ventura County district attorney's office agreed to drop charges of statutory rape and sodomy with a person younger than 18. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty.
November 22, 2006 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
An Oxnard-area utilities district Tuesday denounced allegations that it broke the law when it paid more than $17,000 to a nonprofit group engaged in a legal fight with Ventura County over a proposed boating center. John Matthews, general counsel for the Channel Islands Beach Community Service District, said a legal finding by county Counsel Noel Klebaum was based on erroneous information and "hearsay" and should be viewed as such.
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