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TOP AIR POLLUTION PENALTIES

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has responsibility to control air pollution in the area. It has the power to seek court-imposed fines against polluters of from $25 to $25,000 a day based on such factors as the extent that emissions exceed legal limits, the potential danger to the public, whether the violation was intentional, accidental or due to negligence and the company’s history of violations. These are the 10 highest penalties paid in September:

COMPANY TYPE OF BUSINESS PENALTY Natter Metal $6,000 Manufacturing Co. fabricating Temple City plant Unocal Oil refinery $5,750 Wilmington Gerrard Metal Metal computer $5,000 Craftsman parts Gardena manufacturer Ross Trading Co. Importer $3,000 Los Angeles Advanced Coating & Silkscreener $2,500 Silkscreen Gardena Aircraft Aerospace $2,500 Hydro-Forming Inc. parts Gardena manufacturer Rotor Exchange Refurbisher of $2,500 Gardena engine starters and alternators Weslock Co. Lock $2,500 Los Angeles manufacturer U.S. Naval Military base $2,400 Shipyard Long Beach Mor Cap Gasoline $2,150 Enterprises Long Beach, station operator Calabasas sites operator

COMPANY VIOLATION Natter Excessive hydrocarbons Manufacturing Co. from metal coating Temple City operation Unocal Public nuisance violations Wilmington due to odors; faulty seals on a storage tank Gerrard Metal Excessive hydrocarbons Craftsman from spray painting Gardena equipment; failure to maintain coating usage records Ross Trading Co. Using paint with excessive Los Angeles solvent content Advanced Coating & Using coatings with Silkscreen excessive levels of solvent; Gardena excessive hydrocarbons from spray painting equipment Aircraft Using coatings with Hydro-Forming Inc. excessive solvent content Gardena Rotor Exchange Excessive hydrocarbons Gardena from spray painting equipment; operating spray painting equipment without valid permits, without an enclosure and without an approved spray gun; operating a solvent-filled degreasing tank without an anti-evaporation cover; using paint with excessive solvents Weslock Co. Using coatings with Los Angeles excessive solvent content U.S. Naval Failure to obtain permits to Shipyard Long Beach construct boilers and superheaters Mor Cap Failure to maintain vapor Enterprises Long Beach, recovery systems on gas Calabasas sites pumps


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