News Release

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Meredith Williams, Director


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2020

Contact: Russ Edmondson
Russ.Edmondson@dtsc.ca.gov
Abbott Dutton
Abbott.Dutton@dtsc.ca.gov

 

DTSC Enforcement Results in Penalties for Lynwood Generator’s Unauthorized Treatment, Storage of Hazardous Waste

SACRAMENTO – A series of inspections conducted by the Department of Toxic Substances Control has resulted in $64,350 in penalties for a Southern California generator of hazardous waste due to multiple violations of California’s hazardous waste laws.

DTSC discovered the violations by Processes by Martin (PBM) while conducting an inspection to ensure that a previous metal finisher at the Los Angeles County job site was safely shutting down its operations.

Violations discovered during inspections in May and June of 2017 include: Failure to maintain and operate the facility in a manner that minimizes the possibility of a fire, explosion, or any unplanned release of hazardous waste; unauthorized storage of flammable paint waste, paint booth filters, and soap tank residue; and unauthorized treatment of hazardous soap tank residue.

PBM, the current metal finisher business located at 12150 Alameda Street in Lynwood, has since corrected the violations. Martin Metal Finishing was the previous operator of the site.

Click here to view the Consent Order for this action.

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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.