EPA Takes Action After Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found at California Dump

Federal officials have ordered a toxic waste dump in Central California to clean up soil that has been tainted with chemicals known to cause cancer within 60 days, or lose its ability to dispose of hazardous materials, the Associated Press reports.

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency sent the Chemical Waste Management landfill a notice of violation that cited federal laws on the disposal of a now-banned chemical fluid called polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCBs.

Last week, company tests found three soil samples that tested positive for the chemical waste outside an electrical equipment storage facility.

“This is clearly a release of PCBs in an area where we shouldn’t be finding them in the soil,” Michael Hingerty, deputy branch chief in the EPA’s Office of Regional Counsel in San Francisco, told the AP.

This is not the first time the dump has been in trouble, AP reports:

In April, the EPA told the landfill it could lose the ability to receive hazardous Superfund waste if it did not clean up the first area where PCBs were found. Last week, the agency allowed the landfill to keep accepting that waste. But Thursday’s action means the facility is again on notice to clean up its problems in 60 days or lose the ability to dispose Superfund waste.

Residents of nearby farming community Kettleman City have blamed the dump for causing at least 11 birth defects since 2007, but state and company officials say there is no evidence to back up the claims.

California environmental officials are testing air, water and soil samples, and going door-to-door to talk to families and try to determine the cause of the birth defects.

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One comment to “EPA Takes Action After Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found at California Dump”

  1. Pulse Oximeters

    This is not the only place it is happening. I’m not sure the government has the money to fix it across the country but its nice to see them try.

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