Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Kettleman Hills Toxic Waste Landfill Permitted to Expand

In a decision that’s sure to be controversial, the State Department of Toxic Substances Control today issued a draft permit to the Chemical Waste Management company to expand its hazardous waste landfill near the central valley town of Kettleman City. At the same time the department announced and effort to cut in half the amount of toxic waste generated in California by 2025. The Kettleman Hills facility is the largest toxic waste dump in the western states. Over the past two years alone the plant has been fined by state and federal regulators for permit violations and containment problems. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.