LOS ANGELES (AP) — California state officials are planning to launch a task force to improve oversight of scrap metal recyclers.
The Los Angeles Times reports Friday (lat.ms/PNHIuZ) that the state Department of Toxic Substances Control will form the panel with representatives of various regulatory agencies, including air, water and hazardous materials, as well as fire authorities.READ MORE: Dye, Brown lead No. 10 Oregon past UCLA, 34-31 In Rose Bowl Thriller
The task force is the first large-scale attempt to coordinate oversight of California’s $7 billion industry. Scrap metal operations have mushroomed in recent years because manufacturing demand in Asia has driven up prices, but many recyclers are operating without permits.READ MORE: Reports Of Drugging, Sexual Assaults At Other USC Fraternities
The decision to form the task force comes just several weeks after the Times reported on recyclers’ widespread violations of environmental laws and fires, explosions and other accidents that have killed or seriously injured workers.MORE NEWS: Locations For Free Flu Shots Throughout LA
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