Source: Daily News (Los Angeles, CA), March 26, 2014
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Criminal charges have been filed against the owner of a Sun Valley recycling company authorities say was illegally dumping toxic materials.
Prosecutors allege Jose Guadalupe Romero, 33, oversaw an operation disposing of hazardous waste, including lead, zinc, barium, cadmium, chromium and oil illegally and without permits at JGR Metal Recycling Inc.
The affidavit filed in the case also alleges the company did not properly label or seal containers containing the hazardous waste.
“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 a statement announcing the charges.
Romero has been charged with 15 violations of the California Health and Safety Code and Los Angeles Municipal Code. The owners of the property at 12278 Bradford St. also were named in the affidavit but were not named individually, as the property is owned by a family trust.
Each of the defendants could face up to 14 years in jail and $510,000 in fines.