Carson : Vote Blocks Incinerator

By unanimous vote, the City Council approved an ordinance that will prohibit Stauffer Chemical Co. from opening a hazardous-waste incinerator without a city permit.

The ordinance requires all industries established in Carson before 1968 to obtain a city permit before expanding or changing the use of their operations. Such facilities now are operating under permits granted by the county before Carson was incorporated.

Stauffer plans to modify its plant at 20720 S. Wilmington Ave. to create California's first commercial incinerator for disposal of a broad range of hazardous wastes. The plant, built in 1928, now recycles spent sulfuric acid from oil refiners and chemical companies.

The council's action reflects residents' concerns about pollution the safety of the incinerator. An extensive environmental impact report will be required before Stauffer can get a city permit.

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