New Settlement Reached on Casmalia

EPA Finalizes $2 Million Deal with 290 Parties

Thursday, November 22, 2012
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Though home to gently rolling hills and a rural Central Coast village vibe, the town of Casmalia is best known as Santa Barbara County’s toxic dumping grounds, the place where, from 1973 to 1989, 5.6 billion pounds of questionable and often poisonous waste from nearly 10,000 different sources was left to fester. Cleaning up the area has been a major task for the past couple decades, but finding who will pick up the $284 million pricetag has been an equally troublesome challenge for the federal managers of the site, today known ominously as the Casmalia Resources Superfund site.

This week, the ninth in a series of those payment hurdles was cleared by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which settled a $2 million deal with 290 individual dumpers, ranging from the Cate School and the City of Costa Mesa to the State of Hawaii and Bausch & Lomb Corporation. The deal, which amounts to about 9 cents per each pound of hazardous waste deposited at the site by each entity, also clears the involved parties of any future legal claims related to the natural resources of the site, including government concerns over endangered species and habitats.

To date, $110 million of the $284 million has been collected.


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Does anyone proofread this guy? 1973 to 1989. And million after $ 284. This was an awful short story for such a big problem.. How about some " quality" reporting on this issue or does he only do " Surf stories".

oldtimer (anonymous profile)
November 22, 2012 at 9:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sorry for the obvious typos but was rushing before heading out for the holiday. They've been fixed.

Of course, silly errors like these have almost nothing to do with "quality reporting." Thankfully, I've never been accused of having problems with that by anyone with a real name since I started as a journalist many moons ago.

Maybe you should practice a little "quality reading" though. I don't think I've ever written a surfing story in my life.

Matt (Matt Kettmann)
November 22, 2012 at 12:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Many of the best writers are or were poor spellers, the two don't go hand in hand. That's why editors ect exist.
Shakespeare himself often spells the same word a variety of ways (perhaps as a cue to the actor?) when you look at vintage texts.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 22, 2012 at 1:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What's quality about a five sentence story? I think the importance of Casmalia is worth a bit more. As for my real name,,, you might need spell check. Thanks Ken,,, but I think this guy is a looooooooong way from writing like Shakespeare . Five sentences with two errors . Your kidding right. Perhaps a surfing story would be good for your resume Matt. You could use a lot of pictures.

oldtimer (anonymous profile)
November 22, 2012 at 10:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hopefully, "your" (sic) kidding. I'm guessing that that rather distinctive error,as well as the multiple commas etc., are not meant as some sort of ironic attempt at humor and you're likely just a not-too-bright troll in any case.

zappa (anonymous profile)
November 23, 2012 at 8:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Oooh-oooh, Muldoon, I can't resist...

Maybe we should blame Apple and its "point-and-grunt" approach to computer use, now firmly embedded in Windows and every other GUI. Back in the day, I always could tell which document was "written" on a Mac and which on a PC. These days, they all look better, but nearly always have substantial mistakes in their attempted communication of written facts.

As for Casmalia, -sigh-. All this time and so little constructive remediation, with us taxpayers still holding over 60% of the financial bag. Collectively, we used the products that produced the wastes, so maybe that's fair. On the other hand, some companies and individuals profited disproportionately by transferring those hidden costs to all of us.

GregMohr (anonymous profile)
November 23, 2012 at 11:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Mac is and always has been superior to Windows/PC.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 23, 2012 at 12:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Greg, are you old enough to recall the court's decision in Apple Computer, Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation, 35 F.3d 1435 (9th Cir. 1994)?

Kingprawn (anonymous profile)
November 23, 2012 at 1 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I used to be a haz mat dude in Goleta. Hard to get rid of wastes and extremely toxic wastes, I simply hid in a larger drum and sent it to Casmalia without anything ever getting rejected. Not proud of that, some 20 years later, but that was the truth in those days. We also illegaly plumbed our sewer waste, which often exceeded discharge limitations, into our neighbors sewer system so as to avoid detection. AMC if anyone remembers that acronym.

Riceman (anonymous profile)
November 23, 2012 at 4:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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