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February 16, 1990 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Phillip Mamatas was awakened at 2:30 a.m. Saturday by an unusual business phone call. Someone wanted to place an order for 100 rain suits, 100 hard hats, 24 pairs of rubber boots and 20 eyewash bottles--and they wanted them delivered to Long Beach on the double. Despite the odd hour, Mamatas, president of Century Safety Instruments & Supply Corp. in Orange, was not surprised by the call when he heard who the customer was. It was Southwest VECO Inc.
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February 21, 1990 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under fire from some local officials for moving too quickly to abandon beach cleanup efforts after this month's 394,000-gallon oil spill, the president of the company organizing most of the crews Tuesday defended the decision to cut back on workers, saying very little is left to do. "We have completely wound down," said Peter Leathard, president of VECO Inc., the same company that organized the cleanup of last year's 11-million-gallon Exxon spill near Valdez, Alaska.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1990 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under fire from some local officials for moving too quickly to abandon beach cleanup efforts after this month's 394,000-gallon oil spill, the president of the company organizing most of the crews Tuesday defended the decision to cut back on workers, saying very little is left to do. "We have completely wound down," said Peter Leathard, president of VECO Inc., the same company that organized the cleanup of last year's 11-million-gallon Exxon spill near Valdez, Alaska.
BUSINESS
February 16, 1990 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Phillip Mamatas was awakened at 2:30 a.m. Saturday by an unusual business phone call. Someone wanted to place an order for 100 rain suits, 100 hard hats, 24 pairs of rubber boots and 20 eyewash bottles--and they wanted them delivered to Long Beach on the double. Despite the odd hour, Mamatas, president of Century Safety Instruments & Supply Corp. in Orange, was not surprised by the call when he heard who the customer was. It was Southwest VECO Inc.
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February 14, 1990 | TED JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After days of back-breaking work along oil-stained Orange County beaches, Mark Smith began to show signs of wear Tuesday. "It's labor, labor, labor," said Smith, 27, a Compton resident hired to swab the sand with cloth squares. "I've never worked this hard." About 700 workers were added to the cleanup effort Tuesday, bringing the total to about 1,100. Another 450 to 500 are expected to be working after training today, according to officials at Southwest VECO Inc.
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February 21, 1990 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities opened another mile of Orange County beach Tuesday, pronouncing it sufficiently swept of the crude that spilled from a punctured oil tanker two weeks ago. But most of the shoreline remained closed as crews continued to clean seaside jetties and unearth hidden pockets of oil-stained sand.
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February 14, 1990 | STEVEN R. CHURM and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Hundreds of new cleanup workers swarmed across Orange County beaches on Tuesday, doubling the number of people desperately trying to swab up layers of fresh oil from a tanker accident that has blackened miles of shoreline. Officials said they expect strong winds to drive most of the remaining oil ashore today.
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February 13, 1990 | STEVEN R. CHURM and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Winds and tides worked in concert Monday to pushed bands of thick black crude oil onto Huntington and Bolsa Chica state beaches, producing the worst pollution yet from last week's 394,000-gallon spill off the Orange County coast. Overwhelmed by the onslaught of blackish goo that coated vast stretches of the state beaches north of the Huntington Beach Municipal Pier, officials rushed to deploy nearly 200 additional workers, increasing cleanup crews by a third.
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