$17 million in fines proposed for Dominguez Channel warehouse runoff

Owners and operators of a warehouse in Carson where chemicals spilled into the Dominguez Canal last year following a fire that left the area smelling foul for weeks could face 17 million in state penalties, regulators said this week.

If approved in October, the sanctions against makeup companies Day to Day Imports Inc. and Virgin Scents Inc., and landowners Prologis and Liberty Property LLP, would be the largest issued by the State Water Resources Control Board.

The companies’ alleged violations include the discharge of polluted water and hazardous substances, failure to comply with cleanup and reduction orders, and failure to obtain a discharge permit.

Prologis said in a statement that company officials “vigorously dispute any suggestion by the Regional Council that Prologis and Liberty failed to take appropriate action as landowners following the September 30 fire.” , and have denied any wrongdoing.

“Neither Prologis nor Liberty caused the fire,” the company said. “Nevertheless, in the days following the fire, after tenant Day to Day failed to clean up the debris from the fire, Prologis and Liberty stepped forward to remove the debris and prevent water runoff. rainfall.”

The penalties stem from a fire that broke out in the warehouse on September 30, sending hundreds of pallets of hand sanitizer and other chemicals down the canal.

The companies occupying the space had already been cited for fire and hazardous materials code violations before the fire.

It took fire crews three days to douse the flames, sending millions of gallons of water and debris into storm drains leading to the canal.

Soon after, residents of Carson began reporting a foul smell, resembling vomit or rotten eggs, emanating from the canal. The smell caused nausea and headaches among residents, many of whom were temporarily living in remote hotels.

In January, Los Angeles County filed a lawsuit accusing Prologis and the makeup companies of negligence in connection with the fire and the dump.

The county alleged that the companies were aware of the fire and hazardous materials code violations but failed to correct them.

Los Angeles Times

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