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UPDATE: Request for information about illegal hazardous waste dump

Post Date:01/19/2018 3:07 PM


 Blanco Road near Reservation Road

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 Blanco & reservation Rd 1

Johnson Canyon Road

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 Johnson Canyon 1

Update: Friday, February 9, 2018

Since the initial reporting of the illegally disposed hazardous waste barrels on January 17th, 2018, the Monterey County Health Department has identified four disposal locations within the county. 58 barrels have been found.Thanks to calls we received from the public, we are aware that there may be as many as 70 barrels total disposed.

We ask the public to report any additional disposal sites to 911. The Health Department will respond. Please DO NOT touch the barrels or any liquids or semi-solids that may be leaking from the drums.

We are also asking anyone who may have unknowingly participated in this event to contact us.

Original Story, Friday, January 19, 2018

The Monterey County Health Department is requesting the public's assistance in identifying individuals and or vehicles involved in the illegal dumping of hazardous waste.

On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, the Health Department responded to reports of illegally disposed 55 gallon drums containing hazardous waste. 34 drums were located off of Blanco Road near Reservation Road in Marina and an additional 18 drums were found on Johnson Canyon Road in Gonzales. Most drums, at both sites, were found on their sides leaking black tar-like material onto the ground.

The Health Department is investigating and is asking the public for assistance in identifying the vehicle(s) and or individuals responsible for these disposals. It appears the material was dumped between January 16th and January 17th.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Health Department at 831-755-4505.

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