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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1987 | Nancy Wride \f7
About 3,600 students were evacuated from Fullerton College classrooms Monday in what began as a fire scare and turned out to be merely an overheated sump pump engine. Al Bush, a college spokesman, said the odor of burning rubber was first reported about 10:30 a.m. in the Administration Building. Campus maintenance workers surveyed the building and, because of considerable smoke, felt that a major transformer might have overheated, Bush said. The Fullerton Fire Department was summoned.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2009 | Associated Press
A mixture of oil and water leaking from an ExxonMobil platform has spread across a mile of ocean off the Southern California coast, federal and state officials said. Initial reports indicated the leak came from a deck drainage tank where rainwater, lubricants and fluids drain into a sump unit, said Coast Guard spokeswoman Stephanie Young. She said the company reported the leak Monday and was still working to stop the mixture from seeping into the Santa Barbara Channel. It was unclear how much oil -- which Young described as a light lubricant, not crude oil -- had spilled.
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NEWS
September 11, 1986 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Amid accusations of improprieties, the City Council overruled a Planning Commission recommendation and voted to follow a staff proposal to rezone a surplus drainage sump so that 52 town houses can be built on the 4.5-acre site. Opponents said the city should have followed the commission's recommendation to rezone the land, designated for public use as a sump, for light manufacturing in accordance with the city's general plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1998 | LARRY GERBER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Through the millenniums, nature created its version of the Salton Sea at least three times, and it disappeared every time. People made the current version by accident in 1905, and now an act of Congress has given new hope to a few activists who are working against time to save California's largest lake--and the millions of birds that depend on it. To succeed, the effort must defy the laws of politics and business, not to mention gravity. It would make not only history, but prehistory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2009 | Associated Press
A mixture of oil and water leaking from an ExxonMobil platform has spread across a mile of ocean off the Southern California coast, federal and state officials said. Initial reports indicated the leak came from a deck drainage tank where rainwater, lubricants and fluids drain into a sump unit, said Coast Guard spokeswoman Stephanie Young. She said the company reported the leak Monday and was still working to stop the mixture from seeping into the Santa Barbara Channel. It was unclear how much oil -- which Young described as a light lubricant, not crude oil -- had spilled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1986 | KRISTINA LINDGREN
A diesel fuel spill discovered Monday polluting tributaries to the Upper Newport Bay wildlife reserve was traced to an Irvine concrete mixing yard, authorities said. Although the spill did not appear to pose an immediate threat to wildlife or public health, a state Department of Fish and Game warden and Orange County officials said the firm, United Premix Concrete Inc., and its officers could face penalties of up to $2,000 per count and one year in jail for the illegal discharge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1986 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical, accused of at least partial responsibility for high levels of cancer-causing chemicals in San Diego Bay, Tuesday challenged the evidence that state water-quality officials say indicates the giant defense contractor is to blame.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1986 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical, a major San Diego defense contractor, was accused by water pollution officials Wednesday of discharging cancer-causing chemicals down storm drains and into San Diego Bay. A staff report of the state Regional Water Quality Control Board blamed the aircraft manufacturer at least in part for the unusually high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found in sediments in a lagoon in the bay.
REAL ESTATE
April 4, 1993 | GARY ABRAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Abrams is a general contractor who writes on home improvement topics for The Times.
One of the least discussed but most important maintenance jobs for some Southland homeowners is the cleaning and care of sump pumps. A sump pump is an electrically operated device that automatically removes rain and ground water that would otherwise collect at a low point of a home or building. They are commonly used in garages, basements and yard areas that do not drain by gravity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1988
Tests of soil, ground water and air at the Gardena Sumps by the state Department of Health Services have found low levels of hydrogen sulfide gas and other petroleum-related materials, but at levels that are not hazardous, officials said. A report released this month revealed that the results of the August, 1987, tests were similar to results of testing in 1982, when low levels of lead, benzene and toluene were detected at the site, said project manager Dennis Leonard.
REAL ESTATE
April 4, 1993 | GARY ABRAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Abrams is a general contractor who writes on home improvement topics for The Times.
One of the least discussed but most important maintenance jobs for some Southland homeowners is the cleaning and care of sump pumps. A sump pump is an electrically operated device that automatically removes rain and ground water that would otherwise collect at a low point of a home or building. They are commonly used in garages, basements and yard areas that do not drain by gravity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1992 | MICHELE FUETSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Frazier believed that he and his wife, Caryl, had bought a piece of the American dream in 1988, when they purchased their first home, a three-bedroom, two-bath house in El Segundo, complete with a family room and a large yard. Today, the Fraziers, who have a 3-year-old daughter and a year-old son, say their $290,000 American dream has become a nightmare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1988
Tests of soil, ground water and air at the Gardena Sumps by the state Department of Health Services have found low levels of hydrogen sulfide gas and other petroleum-related materials, but at levels that are not hazardous, officials said. A report released this month revealed that the results of the August, 1987, tests were similar to results of testing in 1982, when low levels of lead, benzene and toluene were detected at the site, said project manager Dennis Leonard.
NEWS
August 20, 1987 | JULIO MORAN, Times Staff Writer
The state Department of Health Services is expected to complete final testing of soil and underground water at a Gardena hazardous waste site this week in anticipation of its cleanup late next year. The progress toward a cleanup is good news for the city, which is planning major commercial development of the land surrounding the site, and for nearby residents who have long considered it a dangerous eyesore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1987 | Nancy Wride \f7
About 3,600 students were evacuated from Fullerton College classrooms Monday in what began as a fire scare and turned out to be merely an overheated sump pump engine. Al Bush, a college spokesman, said the odor of burning rubber was first reported about 10:30 a.m. in the Administration Building. Campus maintenance workers surveyed the building and, because of considerable smoke, felt that a major transformer might have overheated, Bush said. The Fullerton Fire Department was summoned.
NEWS
September 11, 1986 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Amid accusations of improprieties, the City Council overruled a Planning Commission recommendation and voted to follow a staff proposal to rezone a surplus drainage sump so that 52 town houses can be built on the 4.5-acre site. Opponents said the city should have followed the commission's recommendation to rezone the land, designated for public use as a sump, for light manufacturing in accordance with the city's general plan.
NEWS
August 20, 1987 | JULIO MORAN, Times Staff Writer
The state Department of Health Services is expected to complete final testing of soil and underground water at a Gardena hazardous waste site this week in anticipation of its cleanup late next year. The progress toward a cleanup is good news for the city, which is planning major commercial development of the land surrounding the site, and for nearby residents who have long considered it a dangerous eyesore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1992 | MICHELE FUETSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Frazier believed that he and his wife, Caryl, had bought a piece of the American dream in 1988, when they purchased their first home, a three-bedroom, two-bath house in El Segundo, complete with a family room and a large yard. Today, the Fraziers, who have a 3-year-old daughter and a year-old son, say their $290,000 American dream has become a nightmare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1986 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical, accused of at least partial responsibility for high levels of cancer-causing chemicals in San Diego Bay, Tuesday challenged the evidence that state water-quality officials say indicates the giant defense contractor is to blame.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1986 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical, a major San Diego defense contractor, was accused by water pollution officials Wednesday of discharging cancer-causing chemicals down storm drains and into San Diego Bay. A staff report of the state Regional Water Quality Control Board blamed the aircraft manufacturer at least in part for the unusually high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found in sediments in a lagoon in the bay.
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