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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Contractor Accused Of Dumping Hazardous Waste In Bayview

Illegal dumping is reliably in the same spots, as evidenced in 2011 by DPW receiving $350000 for a two year grant to tackle 25 hot-spots. Quint St at Newcomb was one of those areas targeted. Like other spots, this is one of the worst thanks to poor lighting, few eyes on the area, and nooks and crannies in the geography that allow people to do their dumping with relative impunity.  

Back in February, 2011, as reported in SF Appeal, city officials tried going door-to-door to educate people about illegal dumping in the Bayview.  And, as mentioned back in March, 2011, the District Attorney sued two companies for illegal dumping.  Even with with lawsuits and arrests, it's hard to deter this kind of behavior.  

If you see illegally dumped trash on streets wherever you are in San Francisco, call it in to 311 by phone or via their @SF311 Twitter account.

From SF Appeal,
A construction worker whose company contracts with University of California Hastings College of the Law pleaded not guilty today to allegedly dumping hazardous waste in San Francisco’s Bayview District. 
Eusebio Castillo, 61, pleaded not guilty in San Francisco Superior Court to five counts—four felonies and a misdemeanor—of violating various health and safety codes in connection with the dumping in December 2012. 
Castillo, working with American Building Maintenance Inc., a contractor with the school, was given permission to take construction materials home for personal use after the school no longer needed them, Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Wagner said. 
After using some of the materials, Castillo allegedly abandoned 23 containers at Oakdale Avenue and Quint Street, including some with hazardous corrosive materials and others with latex paint, Wagner said.
Continue reading at SF Appeal

According to the District Attorney's office,
The defendant is charged with two felony counts of violating section 25189.5(b) of the Health and Safety Code, two felony counts of violating section 25189.5(c) of the Health and Safety Code, and one misdemeanor count of violating section 25217.1 of the Health and Safety Code. 
For past articles on dumping in the Bayview, check out:
November, 2010, http://d10watch.blogspot.com/2010/11/asbestos-dumping-in-bayview-hits-15.html
April 2011, https://www.baycitizen.org/news/environment/san-francisco-neighborhood-dump/

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