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Santa Barbara County Prosecutors Reach Settlement With Car Dealership Over Hazardous Waste Handling

Prosecutors say they’ve reached a settlement with a car dealership on the Central Coast over a civil lawsuit alleging the business was failing to properly deal with hazardous wastes. The Santa Barbara County DA’s office took Jim Vreeland Ford to court.

It claimed the company didn’t properly label hazardous waste containers, didn’t have a spill prevention and control plan, and didn’t properly train staff. Prosecutors say the dealership cooperated with efforts to bring it into compliance.

The settlement calls for the company to pay more than $100,000. The money includes civil penalties, reimbursement of investigative and enforcement costs, and a contribution to an environmental protection fund.

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.