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San Diego

Pacific Treatment Corp., a waste-chemical transfer plant in Logan Heights, has settled an administrative complaint brought by the state of California for $105,000, Department of Health Services officials announced Wednesday.

Health Services investigators had charged the corporation with 16 violations of state and federal waste-treatment regulations, said Jim Marxen, a Department of Health Services spokesman.

The corporation, without admitting any wrongdoing, agreed to settle the complaint, which arose after suspicious fumes sent 13 people to the hospital in July, 1987, Marxen said.

Investigators could not find a connection between the company at 2190 Main St. and the chemical release, but investigators did find evidence of insufficient safeguards at the plant, Marxen said. As a result of the investigation, the company was fined $105,000, Marxen said.

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Yale Combs, chief executive officer of the company, said most of the deficiencies noted in the complaint have been corrected. The state will waive $60,000 of the fine when the company installs a vapor-recovery system, Combs said.

“We’re happy to have it done. It’s going to make us a safer operation. You can never have too much safety precaution.”


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