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SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE FINES TRIPLE A MACHINE SHOP FOR ILLEGAL DUMPING

 SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE FINES TRIPLE A MACHINE SHOP
 FOR ILLEGAL DUMPING
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday, Oct. 16, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Paul A. Alvarado issued a $9,265,000 fine against Triple A Machine Shop Inc. for illegally dumping contaminated sand, diesel fuel and dangerous chemicals at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco from 1985 to 1987. The fine is the largest in state history in a criminal environmental case.
 The case was initiated by a 1986 investigation of Triple A conducted by the Toxic Substances Control Division of the California Dept. of Health Services. The division is now the Dept. of Toxic Substances Control, a part of the California Environmental Protection Agency, (Cal/EPA) created by Governor Wilson in 1991.
 Cal/EPA Secretary James M. Strock issued the following statement about the Triple A case:
 "This landmark case serves notice that Cal/EPA and the state's law enforcement community are serious about environmental crimes. Those who choose to flaunt California's environmental standards must realize the risks they face.
 "Over the course of this case, some 40 employees of Cal/EPA's Dept. of Toxic Substances Control participated in site investigations, sampling, laboratory analyses and testimony. Through the dedicated efforts of these individuals, the San Francisco District Attorney was able to present and win this most significant environmental case."
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 /CONTACT: Bob Borzelleri of the California Environmental Protection Agency, 916-324-9670/ CO: California Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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