California recycler to pay $2.4 million over waste

Nov 24, 2014 4:32 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Northern California scrap-metal recycler has agreed to pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a state civil case alleging toxic-waste dumping.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control announced the settlement Monday with Sims Group of Redwood City.

The state had accused Sims Group of contaminating the area around its scrap-metal recycling site with toxic levels of lead, copper and zinc.

Sims Group denied wrongdoing in its settlement with the state, filed in San Mateo County Superior Court. The settlement says the scrap recycler will pay the state nearly $1 million, and spend $1.4 million on upgrades to keep scrap metal from straying to surrounding properties.

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