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March 2, 1987
In a move to strengthen its chemical division, Occidental Petroleum Corp. said it will acquire some Texas vinyl chloride operations of Houston-based Shell Oil Co. for an undisclosed price. Occidental will buy Shell's vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) operations in Deer Park, Tex., and some related assets, the company said. VCM is the chief raw material in production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is used to make plastic pipe and other materials.
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November 30, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Residents of three southern New Jersey towns were told to stay indoors and 18 people were treated for exposure after a bridge collapsed Friday, causing a freight train to derail and release a potentially hazardous chemical, officials said. Three train cars dropped from the bridge into a creek in Paulsboro in Gloucester County at about 7 a.m. and were leaking, according to the statement that authorities e-mailed to reporters. PHOTOS: Train derails; tanker car topples into creek At least one of the cars that fell into the creek is believed to have contained vinyl chloride, which can cause dizziness and harm breathing.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1992 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it will soon test about 200 homes in Montebello to determine whether a cancer-causing gas is seeping into them from a nearby landfill. EPA spokesman Dave Schmidt said the agency already has detected "very low levels" of vinyl chloride, a known human carcinogen, over the dump owned by Operating Industries Inc., located in Monterey Park and bordering a Montebello residential neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2002 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities are investigating allegations that a Saugus plastics company illegally discharged toxic chemicals, exposed workers to the substances and falsified environmental reports, according to court documents. The FBI and Environmental Protection Agency seized company records, computers and chemical containers from Keysor Century Corp., a manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, officials said Wednesday. The items were taken during a search Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1991 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura Regional Sanitation District and Supervisor John K. Flynn escalated their long-running feud over the Bailard Landfill on Monday, with district officials claiming that Flynn sent out "wrong information and some half-truths" in a letter to his constituents. Flynn, a longtime opponent of the landfill near Oxnard, sent letters to 400 residents during the past two months, urging them to attend a meeting today in Oxnard on a proposal to extend the landfill's operating permit by two years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1992 | RICK HOLGUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has detected low levels of cancer-causing vinyl chloride in three Montebello homes near the now-closed Operating Industries Inc. landfill, one of the nation's most polluted sites. The levels detected during testing last month did not require evacuation of the residents, EPA officials said Tuesday. "It was below the evacuation level but it was above a level acceptable to the EPA," said Janet Whitlock, an EPA project manager.
NEWS
August 11, 1988
A bill requiring companies that draw gas from landfills to test it for vinyl chloride before delivering it to consumers has passed the state Assembly and is awaiting action in the Senate. The bill, by Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica), was prompted by a disclosure early this year that gas obtained from the Operating Industries Inc. landfill in Monterey Park by Southern California Gas Co. from 1978 to 1986 was contaminated with vinyl chloride and other carcinogens.
NEWS
August 25, 1988
California residents owe their deepest gratitude to Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica) for his bill requiring companies that draw gas from landfills to test it for vinyl chloride before delivery to consumers (Times, Aug. 21). It is too late for Monterey Park and Montebello residents who were exposed to the malicious and avaricious conduct of Southern California Gas Co. and Getty Synthetic Fuels. These companies knew that the gas extracted from Operating Industries dump in Monterey Park was contaminated with vinyl chloride, benzene and other known cancer-causing chemicals.
NEWS
February 4, 1988 | MIKE WARD, Times Staff Writer
A state Public Utilities Commission report has accused Southern California Gas Co. of ignoring health risks by buying and distributing gas drawn from a landfill and contaminated with vinyl chloride and other carcinogens. The gas--created by decomposed waste--was extracted from the Operating Industries Inc. landfill in Monterey Park from 1978 to 1986 by Getty Synthetic Fuels, which also processed it for sale to the utility.
NEWS
November 5, 1986
The Environmental Protection Agency acted properly when it refused to set strict limits on emissions of vinyl chloride, a cancer-causing chemical used to make plastics, a federal appeals court ruled. In a 2-1 panel decision, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the EPA's decision to withdraw proposed rules governing emissions of the gaseous synthetic substance, which has been linked with various forms of cancer.
HEALTH
November 9, 1998
Ever wonder what are the top 20 substances considered most hazardous by the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry? For a description of and other information about the hazards posed by the substances, click on the agency's Web site: http://atsdr1.atsdr.cdc.gov:8080/cxcx3.html. The list: 1. Arsenic 2. Lead 3. Mercury, metallic 4. Vinyl chloride 5. Benzene 6. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) 7. Cadmium 8. Benzo(a)pyrene 9. Benzo(b)fluoranthene 10.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1994 | IRA E. STOLL
Tests of water from 15 wells around the Bailard landfill near Oxnard show that the dump is not leaking dangerous chemicals, officials said. The tests were required by the county as a condition for extending Bailard's operational permit through May, 1997. Ventura Regional Sanitation District officials said they are encouraged because the tests did not detect any vinyl chloride.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1992 | RICK HOLGUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has detected low levels of cancer-causing vinyl chloride in three Montebello homes near the now-closed Operating Industries Inc. landfill, one of the nation's most polluted sites. The levels detected during testing last month did not require evacuation of the residents, EPA officials said Tuesday. "It was below the evacuation level but it was above a level acceptable to the EPA," said Janet Whitlock, an EPA project manager.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1992 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They told Phyllis Lee when she and her husband bought their Montebello home in 1976 that the landfill across the street would be a golf course one day. Sixteen years later, it's still a dump, and now there is some fear it is leaking cancer-causing gas. "It's three times taller than it was when we moved here. It smelled for a long time," Lee said of the brown heap that fills up the view from her living room window.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1992 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it will soon test about 200 homes in Montebello to determine whether a cancer-causing gas is seeping into them from a nearby landfill. EPA spokesman Dave Schmidt said the agency already has detected "very low levels" of vinyl chloride, a known human carcinogen, over the dump owned by Operating Industries Inc., located in Monterey Park and bordering a Montebello residential neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1991 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura Regional Sanitation District and Supervisor John K. Flynn escalated their long-running feud over the Bailard Landfill on Monday, with district officials claiming that Flynn sent out "wrong information and some half-truths" in a letter to his constituents. Flynn, a longtime opponent of the landfill near Oxnard, sent letters to 400 residents during the past two months, urging them to attend a meeting today in Oxnard on a proposal to extend the landfill's operating permit by two years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1994 | IRA E. STOLL
Tests of water from 15 wells around the Bailard landfill near Oxnard show that the dump is not leaking dangerous chemicals, officials said. The tests were required by the county as a condition for extending Bailard's operational permit through May, 1997. Ventura Regional Sanitation District officials said they are encouraged because the tests did not detect any vinyl chloride.
NEWS
November 26, 1986 | PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writer
Scientists studying 20 dumps in Southern California have concluded that ordinary landfills, intended for household trash but not hazardous waste, are sources of cancer-causing gases and other toxic chemicals, according to a South Coast Air Quality Management District report released Tuesday. Researchers with the agency said ground inspections at 17 of the dumps turned up significant levels of one or both of two chemicals known to cause cancer in humans: benzene and vinyl chloride.
NEWS
August 25, 1988
California residents owe their deepest gratitude to Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica) for his bill requiring companies that draw gas from landfills to test it for vinyl chloride before delivery to consumers (Times, Aug. 21). It is too late for Monterey Park and Montebello residents who were exposed to the malicious and avaricious conduct of Southern California Gas Co. and Getty Synthetic Fuels. These companies knew that the gas extracted from Operating Industries dump in Monterey Park was contaminated with vinyl chloride, benzene and other known cancer-causing chemicals.
NEWS
August 11, 1988
A bill requiring companies that draw gas from landfills to test it for vinyl chloride before delivering it to consumers has passed the state Assembly and is awaiting action in the Senate. The bill, by Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica), was prompted by a disclosure early this year that gas obtained from the Operating Industries Inc. landfill in Monterey Park by Southern California Gas Co. from 1978 to 1986 was contaminated with vinyl chloride and other carcinogens.
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