District Attorney Settles HazMat Case with Gonzales Farm
September 22, 2011
The environmental protection unit of the county District Attorney's office has reached a $100,000 settlement with a Gonlazes farm, more than a year after workers demolished a structure on their property and burned the wood, metal and other demolition refuse in a large pit, in violation of health and safety code.
The terms of the settlement also include a permanent injunction that requires compliance with environmental laws and regulations for both V & V Farms, Inc. and Coastal View Produce. The Gonzales Fire Department have responded to similar violations in the past several years, and Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District has issued citations for burning of hazardous materials without a response plan.