News Release

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Barbara A. Lee, Director


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2017

Contact: Russ Edmondson
(916) 323-3372
russ.edmondson@dtsc.ca.gov

DTSC Investigation Leads to Enforcement Action Against Shasta
County Metal Recycler

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento County Superior Court has entered a judgment against Northstate Recycling, Inc. (Northstate), a metal recycler in Redding, and its owner and operator, William R. Short, for hazardous waste management violations. This stipulated judgment follows a Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) investigation that resulted in the discovery of numerous violations of California’s hazardous waste laws. The investigation was handled by DTSC’s Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI).

The defendants were ordered to pay a combined $400,000 in civil penalties. Northstate has ceased metal shredding operations at the facility, but will continue to recycle cardboard, glass bottles, aluminum cans and high value metals among other non-shredding activities.

“Let this be an example to metal recyclers and shredding operations that continue to violate California’s hazardous waste laws,” said Hansen Pang, DTSC’s Chief Investigator for OCI. “DTSC is enforcing environmental regulations and will take action if necessary. This action is essential to protecting the environment and public health in and around recycling and shredding operations.”

DTSC’s Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) confirmed that Northstate and its owner violated the law at their scrap metal recycling and shredding facility, including unlawful treatment, storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous waste. Northstate was illegally shredding, storing and transporting the hazardous waste. If not handled properly, this waste could include unsafe levels of lead, cadmium and zinc.

OCI is a special investigation unit within DTSC, consisting of peace officers, scientists, and a computer forensic specialist who investigate criminal misconduct and other serious violations of hazardous waste laws. OCI has the only sworn peace officers within the California Environmental Protection Agency.

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FOR GENERAL INQUIRIES: Contact the Department of Toxic Substances Control by phone at (800) 728-6942 or visit www.dtsc.ca.gov. To report illegal handling, discharge, or disposal of hazardous waste, call the Waste Alert Hotline at (800) 698-6942.

The mission of DTSC is to protect California’s people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances by restoring contaminated properties, enforcing hazardous waste law, reducing hazardous waste generation, and encouraging the manufacture of chemically safer products.