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October 23, 1993 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To the delight of environmentalists, the Los Angeles Board of Public Works voted unanimously Friday to launch an environmental study on the impact of a nearly completed dumping site for septic tank waste in the Sepulveda Basin. The board's vote followed an appeal by Councilwoman Laura Chick to study several possible environmental side effects of the project at the basin's existing sewage treatment plant, including excessive truck traffic and contamination of parkland next to the facility.
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October 15, 1993 | DAVID E. BRADY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation received approval in 1989 for a plan in which trucks would haul the city's septic tank waste to a dumping facility in the San Fernando Valley's Sepulveda Basin in order to control and monitor such waste. Area homeowners and environmental activists have opposed the facility, complaining that it would blight the Valley's largest recreation area and that it was approved without public reaction. J. P.
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October 15, 1993 | MATTHEW MOSK
The El Rio girl who fell down a narrow opening in her family's back-yard septic tank died Thursday morning from a massive infection, authorities said. Amy Rocha, who would have turned 3 next month, never regained consciousness after the accident Tuesday night. Firefighters pulled her from the underground tank after she had been submerged for 10 to 15 minutes. The toddler had been playing with her two older brothers when she slipped into the nine-inch opening, relatives said.
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October 14, 1993 | JULIE FIELDS
A 3-year-old girl who fell down a narrow opening into her family's back-yard septic tank in El Rio remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday, officials said. Firefighters pulled Amy Rocha from the underground tank Tuesday evening after she had been submerged for 10 to 15 minutes. The toddler was unconscious and not breathing when paramedics resuscitated her. After being rushed to St.
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October 10, 1993 | GLORIA GRECO, Gloria Greco of Van Nuys is a recent law school graduate
Diane Keaton said it best in "Baby Boom." She wanted to turn on the faucet and not have to think about where the water comes from. Similarly, most people don't want to know what happens when the toilet gets flushed. But when a septic tank dumping station springs up in the Sepulveda Basin, the question has to be faced: Why? After seeing news coverage of the controversy, I looked into the subject by calling city officials and opponents.
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September 25, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER and JOHN SCHWADA
In a breakthrough for foes of a plan to allow septic tank waste to be brought to a collection facility in the Sepulveda Basin, a key Los Angeles city panel will consider ordering an environmental impact report on the idea. Newly appointed Board of Public Works Commissioner J.P. Ellman pledged that she would put the question of whether an environmental report should be done on the board's agenda in mid-October. However, she said she has not yet made up her own mind about whether one is necessary.
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September 12, 1993 | SANDY WOHLGEMUTH, Sandy Wohlgemuth of Reseda is conservation chair of the Los Angeles Audubon Society
Fiorello LaGuardia, the charismatic mayor of New York City in the '30s, was a lovable, sharp-tongued, honest politician. Once, when he screwed up badly, he laughed and said, "When I make a mistake it's a beaut!" Well, the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation has made a beaut. Here's the story. * Septic tanks are common in outlying parts of Greater Los Angeles where there is no sewer system. Periodically, vehicles that resemble gasoline trucks have to pump out the wastes and dispose of them.
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July 14, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
A hearing on a controversial plan to truck septic tank waste from throughout Los Angeles and adjoining areas to a sewage-treatment facility in the Sepulveda Basin has been postponed. At the request of the city Bureau of Sanitation, the public hearing set for Tuesday before the Los Angeles City Council's Planning and Land Use Committee was rescheduled for Sept. 14, a staff assistant to the committee said Tuesday.
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May 28, 1993 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Park advocates, homeowner activists and private septic tank haulers are fighting a plan by the city Bureau of Sanitation to truck septic tank wastes from throughout Los Angeles and adjoining areas to a sewage treatment plant in the Sepulveda Basin, it was learned Thursday. The septic tank plan is a threat to the San Fernando Valley's premier park space, according to the coalition of opponents, who have appealed a recent city Planning Commission action clearing the way for the waste trucks.
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February 21, 1993 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The hissing that awakened John Muskavitch Friday at 3 a.m. was the harbinger of hell. The Canyon Country resident quickly discovered the source of the noise--the main water pipe to his house had been snapped by a 100-foot-wide torrent flowing in what is usually a dry riverbed. Soon afterward, Muskavitch heard another hissing sound.
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