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California recycler accused of dumping toxic materials

Keywords: Tags  metal recycler, JGR Metal Recycling, Jose Guadalupe Romero, Mike Feuer, illegal dumping, toxic waste, lead, zinc Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Los Angeles has filed 15 criminal charges against a Sun Valley metal recycler for allegedly dumping toxic waste illegally.

JGR Metal Recycling Inc. and its owner, Jose Guadalupe Romero, are accused of disposing of metals without permits and neglecting to seal and properly label containers of hazardous waste. Romero is facing up to 14 years in jail and $510,000 in fines if convicted.

The charges stem from a February 2013 investigation by the city attorney’s Environmental Justice Unit, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s health hazardous materials division.

“Los Angeles residents deserve to live in a neighborhood free of toxic and hazardous waste, and that is why I filed this lawsuit,” Los Angeles city attorney Mike Feuer said in statement.

The company is charged with violating the California Health and Safety Code for discarding barium, cadmium, chromium, lead and zinc, according to documents filed in the Superior Court of California.

Neither Romero nor the company could be reached for comment.

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