Kettleman City toxic waste dump fined over 300K

March 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control said it has fined Chemical Waste Management $311,194 for failure to notify the department of 72 spills at its Kettleman City facility between 2008 and 2012.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTCS) said all of the spills were small, but the permit that Chemical Waste Management operates under requires it to notify DTCS within 24 hours so the cleanup is documented. The DTCS said there was no evidence to suggest that any of the 72 spills posed a danger to nearby communities or the environment.

"Our job is to ensure that facilities operate in compliance with the hazardous waste control laws and to hold them accountable when they don't," said Brian Johnson, DTSC Deputy Director of Enforcement. "This is a significant fine that underscores our commitment and sends a clear message to communities that DTSC will protect violations of the hazardous waste control laws."

Examples of wastes spilled include lead contaminated soil, herbicides and other chemicals.