Category Archives: Pollution

Santa Susana Field Lab Petition for National Monument

A movement asking President Barack Obama to designate a portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory as a national monument has the attention of NASA, which has deferred the impending demolition of a historic rocket test stand at the site … Continue reading

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Refugio State Beach set to reopen, two months after oil spill

Officials toured the beach Thursday and cleared it to reopen July 17 Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2015 Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County will reopen to the public next week, two months after a pipeline … Continue reading

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Local freshwater swimming holes not so fresh after all

Heal the Bay report finds high fecal indicators Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, July 9, 2015 At Heal the Bay, we care about water quality and public health. Our Beach Report Card has been helping beachgoers and … Continue reading

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Santa Barbara oil spill: Pipeline operator has long record of problems

Plains Pipeline, whose oil pipe ruptured in Santa Barbara County, has high rate of safety infractions Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 21, 2015 Plains Pipeline, the large Texas-based company responsible for the pipe that ruptured in … Continue reading

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Officials assess damage from big oil spill on Santa Barbara County coast

Cleanup effort of 21,000-gallon oil spill continues off Santa Barbara County coast Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2015 Cleanup crews on Wednesday began the delicate process of removing oil from fouled beaches after a 21,000-gallon oil … Continue reading

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Ormond Beach and its humble guardian

‘I found my spot,’ says Walter Fuller Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, December 2, 2014 It began with an albino parakeet named Whitey. As a child, Walter Fuller would play Johnny Cash on the record player in … Continue reading

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Santa Monica Mountains land use plan OKd over vineyard objections

County supervisors approve a plan that bars new vineyards on a swath of the Santa Monica Mountains Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2014 Los Angeles County supervisors approved a far-reaching land use plan for the … Continue reading

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Santa Susana toxic cleanup effort is a mess

The Santa Susana Field Laboratory site is one of the most challenging cleanup jobs in the state, possibly the country. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2014 Any way you cut it, the situation at the … Continue reading

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U.S. seeks national recreation area status for San Gabriels

The plan would improve access and boost security in joint management by the Forest Service and Park Service of the area, which provides 70% of L.A. County’s open space. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 11, 2013 … Continue reading

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California issues proposed rules for ‘fracking’

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration proposes rules that would require more disclosure from oil companies in the state that employ hydraulic fracturing, also known as ‘fracking.’ Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, December 19, 2012 SACRAMENTO — Under … Continue reading

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