FRESNO, Calif. -- Federal officials said Wednesday they have levied about $1 million in penalties on the operator of the largest toxic dump in the West for failing to properly dispose of waste near a community known for a rash of birth defects.
But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said there is no evidence these latest violations pose any health threat to the community or workers at the dump site.
The agency will require Chemical Waste Management, which runs the waste facility near Kettleman City in the San Joaquin Valley, to pay a $400,000 fine and spend an estimated $600,000 to replace its laboratory equipment, software and procedures.[/QUOTE]
That's all they got fined? That's a slap on the wrist considering how much havoc they caused at the expense of children. I'm disgusted, very disgusted.