SA Recycling

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On September 8, 2011, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control issued a News Release announcing a settlement between the Los Angeles County District Attorney and SA Recycling resolving a complaining involving violations of hazardous waste and air pollution laws.  An explosion occurred at the company's plant at the Port of Los Angeles in 2007, rendering its air pollution control system inoperable.  The DA's complaint alleged that, after the explosion, the company operated its metal shredder without a fully functioning air pollution control system.  The complaint contains a number of other charges regarding the transport and disposal of hazardous waste, including allegations of illegal disposal of shredder waste at the Simi Valley and Chiquita Canyon Landfills.

On September 12, 2011, the City Council directed staff to engage the technical assistance and guidance from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) as to the disposal of auto shredder waste at the Simi Valley Landfill and the agency's recommendations.  In addition, the City Council directed that the County of Ventura be requested to report on the use of measures at the Landfill to guard against public health impacts.  Finally, the City Council directed that the Ventura County Grand Jury be requested to investigate the matter with respect to SA Recycling disposing of auto shredder waste at the Simi Valley Landfill.

On November 18, 2011, the County of Ventura advised the City that that an ongoing Ventura County Environmental Health Division investigation into matter analyzed 69 samples taken from the Simi Valley Landfill between 2007 and 2009 and concluded that the waste was "an insignificant hazard to human health and safety, livestock, and wildlife."  However, the Environmental Health Division will continue to monitor the issue and advise that City if new or additional information becomes available.

The September 12, 2011 staff report to the City Council includes additional information about the City's concerns, and the City's letters to and from the respective agencies may be viewed by clicking on the following links:

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