SA Recycling Violating Air Pollution Laws - Dumped 4.4 tons of pollutants into the air we breath! Read Below-
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
Shiara Dvila, Assistant PIO
(213) 974-3525ATTN: News EditorsThe District Attorneys Media Relations Division is issuing an amended release of one originally sent out on Aug. 31, 2011, headlined, Metal shredding company settles air pollution case. The fourth paragraph of the release sent on Aug. 31, 2011, erroneously read, At the time of the violations, the company was operated by Hugo Neu Corp. SA Recycling purchased the company in September 2007. According to documentation provided by representatives for Hugo Neu Corp., Sims Group Limited acquired substantially all of the recycling operations of Hugo Neu Corp. on Oct. 31, 2005. In December 2005, according to documents provided by Hugo Neu Corp., the new company applied for a subsidiary name change to Sims Hugo Neu West. On June 22, 2007, the Sims Group announced that it has merged the metal recycling operations with Adams Steel, creating SA Recycling LLC. The District Attorneys Office has determined that Hugo Neu Corp. was not operating the site when the explosion occurred. It was being operated by the Sims subsidiary, Sims Hugo Neu West.
The amended release follows:(This is a corrected version of a press release distributed on Aug. 31, 2011. The fourth paragraph of the release reflects the only change.)Metal Shredding Company Settles Air Pollution CaseLOS ANGELES A metal shredding facility accused of releasing toxic substances into the atmosphere agreed today to pay more than $2.93 million to comply with air pollution laws and to settle an environmental protection lawsuit.Deputy District Attorney Daniel Wright of the Environmental Law Section said SA Recycling, LLC an automobile and appliance shredding company agreed to the settlement, which was signed by Los Superior Court Judge Debre (cq) K. Weintraub. The civil lawsuit and settlement were filed last week.The action alleged that SA Recycling violated air pollution laws when an explosion at its San Pedro facility at Terminal Island destroyed its air pollution control system in May 2007 and the company continued operating for weeks without proper equipment.At the time of the violations, the company was operated by Sims Hugo Neu West, a subsidiary of Sims Group Limited, which acquired substantially all of the recycling operations of Hugo Neu Corp. in October 2005. Sims Group merged the metal recycling operation with Adams Steel in 2007, creating SA Recycling, LLC.The injunction permanently enjoins SA Recycling from operating its San Pedro shredder without a fully functioning air pollution control system.Under the terms of the stipulated judgment, SA Recycling has agreed to install an air pollution control system to minimize emissions at its San Pedro location and two other sites in Orange and Kern counties.
The company also has agreed to work closely with state and local regulators to address compliance issues related to its operations.SA Recycling must additionally pay $260,000 in civil penalties and investigative costs to the Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office and $430,000 to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for investigative expenses and enforcement tools.Among others who will benefit are the College of Engineering at the University of California, Davis, slated to receive $100,000 to support aerosol studies; the Coalition For A Safe Environment, which will receive $75,000 for select projects; and 11 San Pedro Bay marina owners and operators, who will share $165,000 to target water and sediment pollution sources.SA Recycling shreds and sorts recyclable metal materials. The process, ultimately, generates auto shredder residue (ASR) which is treated to reduce solubility of any remaining metals.Investigators of the DAs Bureau of Investigation and High-Tech Task Force with DTSC investigators and nationally recognized air pollution experts assisted in the investigation.-0-EDITORS: For additional information, contact Deputy District Attorney Daniel Wright of the Environmental Law Section of the Los Angeles D.A.s Consumer Protection Division at (213) 580-3209. SA Recycling was represented in this matter by Robert Hoffman of the law firm Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker.sg/smd
$2.9 million to settle toxic waste caseSeptember 8, 2011 | 3:12 pmThe California Department of Toxic Substances Control and Los Angeles district attorney's office announced a $2.9-million settlement Thursday with an Anaheim scrap metal company over allegations that it improperly handled hazardous materials.A judge has accepted the agreement, which resolves complaints that the owner and operator of SA Recycling and Simms Metal West violated hazardous waste and air pollution laws by continuing operations after an air pollution control system was damaged by a May 2007 explosion at its Port of Los Angeles site.At the time of the violations, the company was operated by Sims Hugo Neu West, a subsidiary of Sims Group Limited, which acquired substantially all of the recycling operations of Hugo Neu Corp. in October 2005. Sims Group merged the metal recycling operation with Adams Steel in 2007, creating SA Recycling, LLC.The facility shreds automobiles, household appliances and other metal-based waste."We continue to deny that any of these allegations occurred," company spokesman Michael Bustamante said Thursday. "We're happy to put this behind us for the sake of the company and for the sake of the community."The Department of Toxic Substances Control estimated that about 4.4 tons of unspecified "material" was released into the environment during that period.State regulators have turned their attention to auto shredders and scrap processors, which crush and compress motor vehicles, consumer goods and other items for recycling, but leave behind residue dubbed "auto fluff," consisting of glass, rubber, fiber, engine fluids and plastics, among other substances.The complaint alleges that shredder residue "was illegally transported by unregistered hazardous waste haulers; the hazardous waste was illegally stored on site beyond the time permitted; the company failed to comply with employee training obligations; and the company illegally disposed of hazardous waste at the Simi Valley Landfill in Ventura County, the Chiquita Canyon Landfill in Santa Clarita and at SA Recycling facility in Anaheim."Debbie Raphael, director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, said the agreement "will enhance this facilitys ability to stay in compliance with air emissions requirements. More work needs to be done with the metal shredder industry.
Addressing the range of issues associated with this industry is one of my top priorities.Under the settlement, the company will pay $480,000 to a variety of academic, community and research organizations. In addition, it will reimburse $428,640 for investigative costs and equipment to the state, and another $321,175 to Los Angeles County for civil penalties, investigative costs and equipment.The company also will spend $1.7 million to install and update the air pollution control system at the Terminal Island shredding facility.- See more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/09/toxics-agency-settles-with-auto-shredder.html#sthash.lShhV1px.dpuf