Environmental Politics
South L.A.'s Allenco fined $99,000 over toxic emissions
South L.A.'s Allenco fined $99,000 over toxic emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday fined an oil operation in a South Los Angeles neighborhood $99,000 for failing to take steps to prevent release of toxic emissions. Allenco Energy Inc., which owns the 2-acre site in the University Park community near USC, was given 70 days to pay the penalty. The fine follows an EPA investigation into the facility prompted by hundreds of complaints of noxious odors and related health effects, including respiratory ailments and chronic nosebleeds in children. The investigation found that Allenco violated federal environmental laws by failing to prepare and execute a spill prevention and control plan, and failing to submit chemical...