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Waste facility allowed to expand, despite community's health concerns
Waste facility allowed to expand, despite community's health concerns

California regulators on Wednesday approved expansion of a controversial hazardous waste facility that residents of an impoverished Central California farming community believe is the cause of birth defects and deaths among children. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control granted a 10-year permit to operate and expand the landfill near Kettleman City by about 5 million cubic yards. The landfill, owned by Chemical Waste Management Inc., is the only one in California licensed to accept carcinogenic polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The approval followed the most comprehensive review of a permit in the department's history, said Debbie Raphael, the agency's...

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