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EPA fines controversial CA toxic dump $300K

November 30, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The West's largest hazardous waste dump located near Kettleman City in Central California is facing a more than $300,000 fine from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.The EPA said Tuesday that the landfill's operator, Chemical Waste Management, failed to clean up soil tainted with PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls.

The Kettleman Hills dump is one of 10 in the nation that handles the now-banned transformer fluid.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the dump's parent company, Waste Management, said extensive monitoring had confirmed the small concentrations of PCBs.

People living nearby have expressed concerns about a high rate of birth defects.

Last week, state health officials announced they have not identified a common cause for the problems.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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