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January 26, 1986 | TOM HOLMES, Reuters
Access to safe drinking water is drying up in Africa even though almost $5 billion has been spent on improving water supply and sanitation services in the continent over the last 15 years. One problem is that most of this money has been poured into urban regions rather than the rural areas where three-quarters of the population lives. But now, rapid population growth coupled with lack of maintenance means that even in towns the number of people with access to safe drinking water is shrinking.
March 10, 1987 | LEE MAY, Times Staff Writer
The Labor Department on Monday agreed to require that farms provide 500,000 workers with drinking water and toilets, complying with an order by a federal appeals court. At the same time, the department, asserting that the court order violated the department's "executive authority" to make decisions, asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to rehear the case. On Feb. 6 the court had ordered the department to set the standards.
July 2, 1985 | GREG BRAXTON, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles City Council committee action last week has killed a consultant's controversial suggestion that a toxic-waste transfer center be built in the East San Fernando Valley area, city officials said. The council's Public Works Committee instructed the city's bureau of sanitation to study aplan to dispose of toxic wastes that does not include the transfer station concept.
June 4, 1986 | ANDREW C. REVKIN, Times Staff Writer
A Sun Valley metal plating company was raided Tuesday morning by the city attorney's environmental strike force and was searched for evidence that cyanide and other dangerous wastes were being illegally dumped into the city sewer system, city officials said. A team led by a deputy city attorney and composed of representatives of the Bureau of Sanitation, the County Health Department and the Los Angeles Police Department's Scientific Investigation Unit raided All Valley Plating, Inc.
November 12, 2002 | Michael Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Councilwoman Ruth Galanter is tired of being dumped on. Appalled by the amount of illegal trash left in her northeast San Fernando Valley district, Galanter's office has teamed up with the city's Bureau of Sanitation on a crusade to clean up the mess. "Dumping is a citywide problem, but nothing like what happens out here," she said of her district, which includes Panorama City, Arleta and parts of Sun Valley, Pacoima, Van Nuys and North Hollywood.
February 22, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER
The City Council postponed a decision last week on whether to raise sanitation and sewer fees because two council members were absent. Mayor Gene Beyer requested that the council delay the item, which would tack on $1.87 to the $12 monthly fee the average single-family residence now pays for the sanitation services. The proposed increase would fund the city's material recovery, tree trimming and weed abatement programs.
January 21, 1988 | KEVIN RODERICK, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles officials have revived a controversial plan backed by a well-connected and persistent City Hall lobbyist to dump garbage and sewage sludge together and let the noxious mixture slowly decompose into compost material suitable for public use. The co-compost idea, the pet project of lobbyist Joaquin Acosta Jr.
June 8, 1997
As experts in automated chemical treatment for more than 20 years, we are concerned that James Dulley's May 25 article "Safe Way to Clear Pool Water" may mislead readers into thinking that metal ion systems can be used as substitutes for recognized sanitizers, such as chlorine or bromine. Dulley's statement that "many systems are now approved by the National Science Foundation" should read "when used with a minimum chlorine residual of 0.5 ppm [parts per million]." However, it should be noted that this level of chlorine is sufficient by itself to maintain proper sanitation in residential pools, without the need for expensive, stain-producing metal ion systems.
April 29, 1987 | Associated Press
The Labor Department on Tuesday gave 54,000 growers a month to begin providing nearby drinking water and three months to erect field toilets and hand-washing facilities for nearly half a million farm workers. Issuing court-ordered federal sanitation standards for field workers, Labor Secretary William E. Brock III said growers must begin supplying them with "suitably cool" and "readily accessible" drinking water by May 30.
June 18, 1987 | KEVIN RODERICK, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Tom Bradley abruptly killed the city's plan to burn trash Wednesday, leaving surprised city officials with no place to dispose of trash after 1993 and making mandatory separation of household garbage by Los Angeles residents a virtual certainty. Bradley cited personal questions about the safety of large-scale burning in announcing his decision at a City Hall press conference.
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