January 9, 1992 |
Potlatch, Simpson Settle Environmental Suits: Two of 15 companies that California and the federal government sued in June, 1990, under a long-ignored provision of environmental law have entered consent decrees agreeing to pay $12 million. The suits were brought to recover natural-resource damages the governments said began when San Francisco-based Potlatch Corp. began recycling office paper at its Pomona plant in 1971.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1992
Two companies accused in a massive government pollution suit of contaminating Los Angeles County coastal waters have agreed to pay $12 million as part of a proposed legal settlement, it was announced Wednesday. The agreement, filed in federal court, marks the first settlement with private defendants in the wide-ranging case, which concerns disposal of the pesticide DDT and PCB chemicals in local waters from the 1950s through the 1970s. Simpson Paper Co. and Potlatch Corp.
December 12, 1992 |
Blaming costly environmental demands and a tough market, Simpson Paper Co. said Friday that it will shut its seaside pulp mill in Humboldt County and halve production at a Pomona plant, eliminating a total of 437 jobs. The action is a severe blow to the state's beleaguered North Coast, where the Eureka plant has operated on a spit of land in Humboldt Bay since 1966 and is one of the town's biggest employers.
September 10, 1991 |
Flexing its newfound political muscle, an organization of surfers announced Monday that two pulp mill operators will pay nearly $5.8 million in fines and stop polluting the ocean off Humboldt County--one of the best surfing spots in the state. The settlement--the second-largest ever under the federal Clean Water Act--also will require Louisiana-Pacific Corp. and Simpson Paper Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1990 |
Federal officials, in what they described as a new "offensive" in environmental protection, announced plans Wednesday to sue 15 industrial companies for allegedly polluting Southern California's coastal waters with cancer-causing toxins that have threatened marine life.
June 18, 1989
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it plans to fine Simpson Paper Co.'s Humboldt pulp mill $666,000 for last December's collapse of a 200-ton, high-density wood pulp storage tank that permanently disabled two workers. OSHA officials said an investigation disclosed that the company had information showing that the storage tanks were structurally unsound because of deteriorating steel hoops and that they were filled beyond a safe capacity.