Environment 1-22

Approximately 840 gallons of crude oil and processed water spilled on the morning of 1/19 at a Greka Energy site located on the 3600 block of Telephone Road near Santa Maria. Greka staff shut down production at the site upon learning of the leak. They are cleaning the spill while Hazmat crews investigate the incident. (/greka122)


A half-acre brushfire near Winchester Canyon and Highway 101 was extinguished by fire crews without incident around 7:30 p.m. on 1/18. Investigators are attempting to determine its cause. (/fire122)


The longest-running surfing contest on the South Coast, the Rincon Classic, attracted droves of people to the narrow stretch of beach on 1/17 and 1/18 to watch area legends like Tom Curren compete with other surfers. Greenproject Consultants-in charge of managing the waste generated by attendees-reported that 75 to 80 percent of it was diverted from the waste stream. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, events are the second largest producer of waste, following construction. (/rincon122)

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