“More than 1,900 acres of the retired Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine have been cleaned up and removed from the list of the nation’s most hazardous sites after more than two decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday.”
“Disposable plastic bags would be banned from grocery checkout stands in California and consumers would pay at least a dime for a paper or a sturdier, reusable plastic bag a under a compromise proposal negotiated by key legislators.”
“For many users and advocates of marijuana, the boom in the West Coast growing industry may be all good and groovy. But in California, critics say the recent explosion of the marijuana industry along the state’s North Coast — a region called the ‘emerald triangle’ — could put a permanent buzz kill on struggling salmon populations.
“In the decades-long saga of the world’s largest contaminated underground water plume, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the residents of Hinkley have never been so united for a goal: hiring U.S. Geological Survey Scientist John Izbicki.”
“The state Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee has scheduled a hearing on the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s oversight of hazardous waste operations in California, officials announced Tuesday.
“Some Los Angeles grocery store customers will have to adjust to a lifestyle change come Jan. 1, when a ban on plastic bags takes effect. …
“Many of the billions of bags used annually end up in the ocean, where plastic debris kills birds, turtles and other marine life. The thin bags also litter the urban landscape and pose problems at landfills.”
“The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has issued an emergency order directing a Vernon battery recycler to clean up lead and other metals that have been deposited near the Exide Technologies plant.
“In a letter released Wednesday, the agency said dust and soil samples with metals in concentrations at or near hazardous waste levels have been found near the facility and must be cleaned up by Jan. 31.
“Fruit Growers Supply Company has its sights on building and operating a small log mill in Yreka at the old Hi-Ridge Lumber plant, but a long overdue cleanup of the site’s water pollutants are hampering the process.
“Charles Brown, Fruit Growers senior vice president of northern operations, said the cooperative is working with the current owners and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board to see what it is going to require to clean up the site.”
“So here’s what we know: For nearly 10 years, the Orange County Water District has waged a complex legal war to force businesses to pay more than $200 million to clean up contamination that it insists threatens drinking water.”