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July 12, 1991 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 1,000 dead fish floated to the surface of the Los Angeles River in the Sepulveda Dam area, apparently killed by a mysterious brown substance illegally dumped in the water, and Los Angeles city officials worry that some people may be harvesting them to eat. "We're concerned because some of our lab workers spotted people picking up the dead fish and taking them with them," Anna Sklar, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Sanitation, said Thursday.
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December 21, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the stringent objections of environmentalists, the Regional Water Quality Control Board on Monday allowed work to resume on the Alameda Corridor and for the $2.4-billion project to resume releasing water that exceeds cleanliness standards into a tributary of the Los Angeles River.
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December 11, 1999 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Builders of the $2.4-billion Alameda Corridor, who are accused of violating clean water standards for the Los Angeles River Basin, announced Friday that they will stop releasing ground water at its construction sites, a move that threatens to delay work and cost the project up to $500,000 a day. Corridor officials said they will stop discharging ground water at El Segundo and Greenleaf boulevards in Compton, where the project is relocating a Metropolitan Water District pipeline.
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October 20, 2000 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
State Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Los Angeles) called Thursday night for the breakup of the city's Department of Water and Power, saying a single agency should not be responsible for monitoring the safety of drinking water while also selling it to consumers. "There is no one in charge of monitoring the water in Los Angeles," he said. "That leaves it to the water agencies to tell us about [the quality of] the water they want to sell us."
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August 18, 1992 | HUGO MARTIN and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Beating the heat is no sweat for Barbara Kafka. When the mercury climbs past the 90-degree mark and smog reaches "very unhealthful" levels, the 85-year-old North Hollywood resident simply heads to her local air-conditioned mall to watch youngsters ice-skate. She was there again Monday, at the Ice Capades Chalet in Laurel Plaza. "This is the only way to beat the heat," Kafka said as she watched a young girl spin and glide on the mall's Olympic-size skating rink.
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May 9, 1992
Residents who found excessively chlorinated water flowing from taps in the Hollywood area will be reimbursed for the cost of the bottled water they were forced to use, authorities said Friday. An equipment malfunction between 7 and 9 a.m. Thursday allowed highly chlorinated water from the Hollywood Reservoir to flow into the city's distribution system in an area bounded by Franklin Avenue, 3rd Street, La Cienega Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. Robert Y.
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June 25, 1993 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities have asked owners and operators of six industrial sites to pay $16.8 million for the cleanup of ground water in North Hollywood they are suspected of polluting, and have warned of a lawsuit unless a financial settlement is reached.
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July 19, 1990
A large quantity of toxic material believed to be latex paint has been illegally dumped into Machado Lake at Harbor Regional Park in Wilmington, forcing the closure of the popular lake indefinitely, Los Angeles city and county officials said late Wednesday. Officials did not know who contaminated the lake or how long the cleanup will take. "It's obviously vandalism, but we don't know who is responsible," said Jane Rasco, assistant general manager for the city Recreation and Parks Department.
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March 20, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing a potential water pollution threat, City Councilman Richard Alatorre on Monday asked the Environmental Protection Agency to halt expansion of the county jail in downtown Los Angeles. Excavation at the site at Vignes and Bauchet streets could disturb toxic and carcinogenic substances left behind when a coal-gasification plant at the site was shut down half a century ago, Alatorre said. Some excavation already is under way at the site but no construction has begun.
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