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Toxic spill on your block? Here’s who to call for help

Dec 15, 2012

What was that white liquid flowing down the gutter on Sunset Boulevard? That’s what Jason Carvey, who shot a video clip of the liquid, wants to know. Carvey was walking on Sunset Bouelvard on the east end of Echo Park when he spotted a white liquid flowing about a quarter of a mile on the north side of the street and into a storm drain at Sunset and Marion Avenue. The liquid appeared to be pouring out of a drain near Sunset and Elysian Park Avenue.  “Not sure if it’s a broken pipe or some kind of industrial dumping or what,” said Carvey, who lives nearby.

Given the dumping of a potentially toxic substance on Thursday night in Elysian Valley, it is a good idea to know who to call to investigate and clean up such a spill before it gets into the storm water system.

Residents in Elysian Valley called 911 when they spotted a trio of men dumping liquid from large barrels into an empty lot.  In addition,  reports of illegal dumping that can flow into storm drains can be reported by calling  (800) 974-9794, according to the city’s Bureau of Sanitation website. In unincorporated East Los Angeles, the L.A. County Fire Department’s Health Haz Mat Control Program operates a 24-Hour Illegal Dumping Hotline: (323)890-4045

The city can impose fines ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 a day for each violations for the dumping of chemicals or toxic substances. Residents can safely dispose of paint and other household chemicals at S.A.F.E. Centers.  Some businesses can dispose of small amounts of hazardous substances through the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) Collection Program.

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