|The Director and Assistant Director of the|
California Department of Toxic Substances Control
(AP File Photo)
Idiots Run California
California can't find tens of thousands of trucks filled
with cancer causing toxic waste.
As a John Muir Conservative Conservationist, the massive fucking stupidity of humans never ceases to amaze me. Democrat or Republican, it does not matter. We are ruled over by morons.
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control cannot account for 174,000 tons of hazardous material shipped for disposal in the last five years, a Times analysis found. That's more than 23,000 truck or tanker loads.
The state database shows they were shipped but gives no indication they arrived at their intended destinations — many of which are out of state.
These so-called lost loads include more than 20,000 tons of lead, a neurotoxin; 520 tons of benzene, a carcinogen; and 355 tons of methyl ethyl ketone, a flammable solvent some in the industry call "methyl ethyl death," reports the Los Angeles Times.
Nearly 60% of those loads are classified as hazardous by federal standards — meaning the waste is so potentially harmful it must be regulated in all 50 states. The rest falls under California's stricter standards.
Top regulators acknowledge flaws in the tracking system but insist that public health is not threatened. They say they are confident that missing shipments find their way to authorized disposal sites. But, they admit, they can't be sure.
"We don't know," said Debbie Raphael, director of the department, which has a $189-million budget and about 900 employees. "It's a question mark."
"I do not believe that Californians are at risk," Raphael said with a straight face.
"I think it's completely unacceptable that California is unable to track waste from where it is generated to its disposal site," said Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), chairman of the Assembly's committee on environmental safety and toxic materials.
Even a small amount of errant waste can create "a very big public health impact," said W. Bowman Cutter, an associate professor in the environmental analysis program at Pomona College, who has studied the state's hazardous waste system.
"These are all wastes that have been shown to be harmful to health directly," he said, referring to the most dangerous compounds, including lead and benzene.
|After dumping a load of waste, a truck exits the Chemical Waste |
Management Company in Kettleman City.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)