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EPA Reaches Settlement With Plastics Company Over Pollution Concerns In South Coast River

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with a manufacturing company to try to reduce pollution in a river which flows through parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

EPA officials say stormwater runoff from Canyon Plastics in Valencia ended up in a creek which is a tributary to the Santa Clara River. Plastic beads from manufacturing at the plant were getting washed by rainwater into the river, where they potentially ended up in the wildlife food chain.

The settlement includes the correction of stormwater runoff problems found at the plant, a commitment to install nearly $300,000 in recycling equipment, and payment of a $19,000 fine.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.