Monday, February 1, 2010

EPA to Visit Calif. Town With Birth Defect Cluster

February 1, 2010- Dozens of people chanted and held signs outside the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in San Francisco to draw more attention to a cluster of birth defects in a town near the largest toxic waste dump in the West.

The rally came on the heels of an announcement that a top-ranking EPA official would visit the California farm town of Kettleman City, a town of 1,500 halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Jared Blumenfeld, administrator for the EPA's Pacific Southwest region, promised to probe his own department and make sure "every enforcement, regulatory and permitting action that should've been taken has been taken."


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