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Southeast : Mayor Vows to Level a Mound of Trouble

Huntington Park Mayor Tom Jackson, speaking at a candlelight demonstration Monday night at City Hall, vowed to topple a 50-foot mound of rubble residents blame for health problems.

Residents around the South Alameda Street plant have complained for nearly a year that dust from “the mountain” has caused them respiratory problems. They rejected a recent study by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which found that air around the mound is similar to air throughout the Los Angeles Basin.

Jackson cautioned that the city attorney must first determine if shutting down the mound’s owner--a concrete recycling plant--could get the city sued.

“How to get rid of the mountain is the question at hand,” he told about 150 protesters. Jackson added that he expects the City Council to offer an answer at its Jan. 16 meeting, when it is scheduled to consider renewing Aggregate Recycling Systems’ operating permit.

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