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Meredith Williams, Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 04, 2020
DTSC Sues Owners of Former Oakland Electroplating Shop
Action Seeks to Force Cleanup, Recover Costs and Impose Penalties
SACRAMENTO – The Department of Toxic Substances Control has filed suit against the former owners and operators of a closed Oakland electroplating business and former landowners to require them to clean up toxic chemicals and pay more than $800,000 in penalties and unrecovered costs.
In April 2017, DTSC ordered Lisa Marie Rossi and Gerald F. Rossi, who operated the E-D Coat Inc. plating business, to remove hazardous liquids in deteriorating tanks, containers, and sumps, and to take steps to prevent the contamination of on-site and off-site soil and groundwater. DTSC also hired a contractor to remove and dispose of chemicals that posed the greatest risk, including dangerous cyanide waste from three sumps on the property.
Because the defendants failed to comply with the 2017 cleanup order, which was amended in 2019, DTSC has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court to compel the rest of the cleanup work and force the defendants to pay DTSC’s response costs and penalties for failing to comply.
The 2017 cleanup order stemmed from a multiagency investigation that uncovered deteriorating conditions at the E-D Coat site, which operated from 1966 to 2012. A U-Haul business currently operates on part of the property, and an apartment building and homes border portions of the site.
In December 2017, the Alameda County District Attorney filed a felony complaint charging Lisa Marie Rossi with a variety of hazardous waste violations related to the site. Rossi pleaded to a felony for unlawfully storing hazardous waste, agreed to comply with DTSC’s cleanup order and was placed on probation. She violated her probation because she did not comply with the cleanup order; sentencing is set for May 22, 2020.
In addition to Lisa Marie Rossi and Gerald F. Rossi in their various capacities, the complaint filed by DTSC also named as defendants E-D Coat Inc. and Patricia S. Rossi and Lee Doslak Florance as trustees of two Rossi Family Trusts.
View the complaint (opens new window).
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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.